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Bridges Nearing Completion

By Harold Bearden
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 9:12 AM

The two new bridges under construction on the new four lane, now have complete spans, with work continuing to finish. The bridges are located south of Mon Dye Bottoms on Bear Creek. Dual bridges over the Norfolk Southern Railroad on the north end of the new road are complete. 


The new four lane, or I-22 connector, known locally as the Haleyville bypass, is the relocation of Highway 13 project which has been in the planning stage and or construction for over 60 years. The overall project is again languishing due to the lack of a highway funding bill. In lieu of definitive funding, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)  has been receiving money piece meal through continuing resolutions from the state legislature. An actual highway bill is not expected to be passed until after the next general election.


According to ALDOT pre-construction engineer Allen Teague, this funding dilemma has curtailed long term planning. Presently, contract letting for the third set of bridges over Gas Branch Creek is set for April, but that date could change according to Teague.


Once the third set of bridges is built, the first of three sections of the bypass will basically be complete except for the actual paving of the road. The second section, from Franklin Road 79 to Highway 195 at Wal Mart is awaiting funding for the purchase of right-of-way and construction. The third section, from Highway 195 to Highway 13 near County Road 28 south of Haleyville is still in the planning and engineering stage. 


Thanks to M.L. Weaver for his excellent flying skills and the use of his plane for the aerial photos. 

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