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Governor Bentley joins state & local officials to recognize official start of Double Bridges project

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ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) —  Governor Robert Bentley was in Marshall County Friday to recognize the official start of the county’s biggest project it has ever taken on.

Governor Bentley joined state and local officials in commemorating the official start of the Double Bridges project .

Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a rocky drop-off near the Asbury and Martling communities on Martling Road.

The plans are to create one straight bridge connecting the roads, something people in the area have wanted for years.

Governor Bentley addressed the crowd of local and state officials at the construction scene.

“It’s going to help the Asbury and Martling area here, and we’re just happy to be here and be a part of the program that, as I say, we started about three years ago,” Governor Bentley said.

County commissioners, area mayors, and other state officials joined Governor Bentley as they spoke on the importance of the project and what it means for the community.

The $5.1 million project is partially funded through ATRIP.

“I’ve put a billion dollars into roads and bridges across the state,” Governor Bentley said, “Every county in the state has gotten at least $6.6 million, of course this county’s gotten much more than that.”

“If it hadn’t been for the Governor’s ATRIP project, this never would have happened,” Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says, “We had roads that hadn’t been resurfaced in 20 years, we’re getting them resurfaced, and it’s been a major impact.”

The county has other ATRIP projects that are in the works or completed, but the Double Bridges project is the biggest in the county.

The bridges can be unsafe if drivers aren’t used to the area, so this project is much-anticipated.

Construction  is already underway. Officials say the project is estimated to take 18 to 24 months to complete.