Friday, September 11, 2015 | 6:09 PM
Friday was a busy day by Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) workers to reopen Highway 13 at 8th Avenue. Two very old, unused sewer and water lines were found to be the culprets which caused the road to crack and sink, in turn causing the complete closue of highway on Thursday. Once the problem was identified, concrete was pumped into the pipes, gravel placed on top, then the road resurfaced as a temporary fix in order to reopen the highway. It sounds simple, but the work took all day but by 4:30 p.m., the road was reopened for traffic, including 18 wheeelers in both directions. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly and carefuly through the area. ALDOT has reverted back to the original plan to have the two lanes open during the construction on the north side of the highway through half of the highway, then reverse the procedure and open two lanes on the north side while construction of the cluvert on the south side is completed.