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Bridge still underway on Alabama 22

One of two bridge projects on Alabama Highway 22 between Clanton and Maplesville is still underway.

The Mulberry Creek Bridge still lacks a portion of rails at each end, and the roadway approaches must be graded and paved, Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Construction Engineer Nicky Calhoun said.

The 340-foot bridge comes with a price tag of nearly $3.3 million and replaces two older, outdated bridges that will be removed along with the old roadbed once the new bridge is complete.

Calhoun couldn’t give a projected completion date because Kent Construction Company defaulted on the project.

“The company’s bonding company will have to finish the project,” Calhoun said. “They have been in contact with ALDOT.”

The Benson Creek Bridge, recently completed by Tomlin Construction Company, also replaced another outdated structure. It is 165 feet long and cost just over $2,025,000 to complete.

The new substructures of both bridges have concrete drill shafts and concrete caps for intermediate supports, and steel pilings with concrete caps for the abutments.

Both projects are being funded by mostly federal funds with state participation also, Calhoun said.