Weather-caused county delays didn’t hinder progress on Double Bridges project

Northeast Alabama
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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Even with the winter weather that caused delays in several county operations one of Marshall County's biggest road projects is still moving forward.

Drivers have to play a waiting game at Double Bridges near the Asbury community. The road spans a steep drop off covered by two bridges - hence the name. The bridges are one lane, causing drivers to scan ahead and take turns traveling across.

Marshall County officials have been wanting to redo that stretch for decades. Now, with partial ATRIP funding they're able to do that. The plan for Double Bridges is to build one long bridge spanning the area -- around eight hundred feet long.

The county was at its final steps in the project but then the winter weather hit, closing and delaying county operations.

However, county leaders say they're still moving along in the process. "The weather didn't hold us up, it's just acquiring the property," Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says.

Hutcheson says that process is taking some time. The project is one of the biggest Marshall County has ever taken on, so officials say the many pieces in the process need to be firm before they can move forward.

Now though, county leaders say they're starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. "All the drawings are in Montgomery, so we're just waiting to acquire these two pieces of property and then we'll be ready to go for bid," Hutcheson says.

If the county bids the project out in April, county leaders say they're hoping residents will start seeing work done in the summer.

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