ASBURY, Ala. – Commissioners say Marshall County’s biggest project is on track even though the differing weather the Valley experienced could have caused the timeframe to shift.
Since work began on Double Bridges near the Asbury area of Marshall County, the Tennessee Valley has experienced flooding, severe weather watches and snow. Work on the project continued through it all.
“Of course this winter I’m sure we’ll have some days where we can’t work, but hopefully in about a year from now, we’ll be very close to having that completed,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said.
Hutcheson says despite the weather, the project is on track. “I talked with the county engineer this morning, and on the south end we’ve got the foundation basically 45 percent complete,” Hutcheson explained. “We’re pouring columns today.”
Hutcheson says any bad weather will have some delay, but they planned for the delays.
Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a rocky drop-off near the Asbury and Martling communities on Martling Road. Governor Robert Bentley came to Marshall County late last year to recognize the official start of the project. The plans are to create one straight bridge connecting the roads, which is something people in the area have wanted for years.
The project is Marshall County’s biggest to date and county officials say it’s going to open doors for growth in the community, and it will also provide a safer route for the residents.
“It’s going to be a benefit to the feed companies, to the school buses, to the fire trucks,” Hutcheson said. “It’s going to benefit that whole area.”
The $5.1 million project is partially funded through ATRIP.