As far as road and bridge projects go, the drought is saving counties time and money

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ASBURY, Ala. -- There's a lot of bad that's coming out of this incessant drought, but there's one good thing - it's saving money.

The work ongoing at Double Bridges in the Asbury community of Marshall County is the reality of a project years in the making.  "This is the largest project we've ever had in Marshall County, I'm talking about a county project," Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says.

The new bridge will replace two one-lane bridges that span a rocky drop off.

Several people have lost their lives there.

The much-anticipated project is moving along, ahead of schedule. In fact, the projects the county has going on right now are all doing well, moving along without delays. The drought is actually helping.

"I understand we need rain desperately as far as the farmers and all of that, but as far as road projects, it's been very helpful," Hutcheson says, "We haven't had any rain delays, or any of that, so the contractors have been able to get out there and get the work done."

That translates into money saved.

"It's saving us time, it's saving us money, and I know the people in the Asbury community, they wanted that road opened up before bad weather," Hutcheson says, "If we can get it opened up before the first of December before the potential snow and ice, it will be great for the people in that area up there."

They way it's looking now, without any weather delays, county officials are anticipating the bridge will be done mid-December.

"The lack of rain has been very beneficial in getting the projects either completed on time or ahead of schedule," Hutcheson says.

Governor Robert Bentley helped commemorate the start of the project last year.

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