ALDOT takes to the airwaves to assist in major Shoals detour

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The warning signs have been up for a while asking truckers to steer clear of O’Neal Bridge in the Shoals.

Major repair work has the bridge down to one lane in both directions and trucks can’t safely make it through.

But somehow commercial truckers are failing to heed the warning.

“Still some are attempting to cross the bridge,” stated Seth Burkett with the Alabama Department of Transportation. “We are trying to cut down on that any way we can.”

This week the Department of Transportation has made some enhancements to the warning signs by hitting the air waves.

Solar powered AM radio trailers are the latest item the department of transportation has deployed.

The highway advisory radio is a way to notify truckers who missed the other signs to hear a pre-recorded message.

They’re trying to target the out of state truckers who may not be familiar with the Shoals area.

“Hopefully we’ll see more of the trucks actually using the detour instead of trying to cross the bridge.”

To hear the detour messages in the Shoals, turn your vehicles radio to AM 530.

Department of Transportation officials said they will be updating the message as demand changes around the O’Neal Bridge construction zone.

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