Update on Highway 72 bridge replacement in Lauderdale County

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ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A viewer wrote asking us to check on the progress of a road project on Highway 72 in Lauderdale County. He says the project has been ongoing for more than a year and there's seldom any workers at the site. So WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to find out what's going on in this week's Driving You Crazy report.

The bridge on the east bound side of Highway 72 between Rogersville and Killen had to be completely replaced. That meant putting two-way traffic on the other side of the highway and then tearing down and removing the old structure. Only then could the work to build a new bridge get underway.

A spokesperson for The Alabama Department of Transportation says the project had to be completed in stages, often meaning they had to wait until work on one phase had been completed and the new materials allowed to cure before they could move on to the next phase of the project. A spokesperson says that's why weeks or months may have passed with no obvious work underway on the project.

The bottom line is the new bridge has been completed and is now open to one lane of traffic. Work crews, meanwhile, are now putting down new pavement on each side of the new bridge, and rebuilding the median in order to control rainwater. An ALDOT spokesperson says barring any unforeseen delays, the project should be completed later this month.

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