Construction begins on Highway 31 bridge over Swan Creek

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Monday morning, road crews began a year long project to replace the Swan Creek bridge on Highway 31 between Decatur and Athens.

It's a stretch of road that sees thousands of cars everyday. “Drivers should expect this week, single lane closures on either side while the contractors working in the median and preparing to switch traffic over to the northbound lanes," says ALDOT spokesman Sam Burkett.

Once preparation work is complete, the southbound portion of the bridge will be closed for nearly a year, while crews demolish, then replace, the overpass built in 1928. In the meantime, one lane in each direction will be open on the north side.

 

ALDOT says the replacement is necessary because the bridge is 88 years old, and the structure just doesn't meet present-day standards. “As far as the width of the bridge the width, the shoulders, the guardrails are substandard. It’s just time to replace it," says Burkett.

Until the new bridge is ready for the open road, drivers should expect delays and plan accordingly.

ALDOT officials hope construction will wrap up by this time next year.