Several road, bridge projects underway

Published 9:14 pm Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Several road and bridge projects are underway in Chilton County, including a $1.7 million venture to complete the resurfacing of County Road 24.

The project is a joint effort between the county and state to resurface a 5.9-mile portion of roadway that connects County Road 49 with County Road 37.

Crews have started leveling the road and will begin paving as soon as that phase is complete. A total of 40 workdays were scheduled for the project.

“It should be complete by the end of February,” Chilton County Engineer Tony Wearren estimated.

The other portion of the road, which runs from 49 to Highway 31 in Cooper, is already complete.

Meanwhile, a bridge replacement on County Road 199 is nearly complete, Wearren reported. The bridge is already in place, and guardrails will be installed hopefully this week.

A concrete deck bridge on County Road 447 has been replaced with pipe culverts, and crews are in the process of backfilling.

“This bridge was in bad shape,” Wearren said.

Should funding become available through a stimulus package, the county hopes to replace a bridge on County Road 459. The estimated cost for this project is between $300,000 and $350,000.

Any funding in excess of that would be applied to County Road 59 from the interstate bridge to just past the entrance of a new industrial park, which is to be located west of I-65 Exit 200.

“This will only occur if we [first] get enough funding to replace the bridge on 459,” Wearren said.