Portion of CR 42 will be closed beginning March 14

Published 2:36 pm Friday, March 4, 2016

A portion of County Road 42 in Jemison will be shut down beginning March 14 as part of a continued resurfacing project.

In a letter addressed to city officials on March 1, Chilton Contractors, the group that is handling the state-approved project, said the road will be shut down while a culvert over Yellow Leaf Creek is replaced.

The culvert is located between County Road 71 and County Road 48.

While the construction is taking place, no traffic will be allowed through that portion of the roadway.

Motorists are asked to take alternate detours around the construction area.

According to the contractors, the portion of the work is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

Once the culvert is replaced, the road will be re-opened and the remainder of the paving on the project will begin.

Work began on the road Feb. 4, and the resurfacing project was allowed 90 working days to complete, according to ALDOT’s website.

On working day projects, the contractor will not be charged time for issues that prevent work beyond the contractor’s control (examples are rain, too wet, material temperature restrictions, holidays, etc).

According to an ALDOT representative in 2015, the project was estimated to be completed by the summer of 2016.

The Jemison City Council passed a resolution in September 2015 regarding the project saying the city entered into an agreement with ALDOT for the resurfacing on County Road 42 from U.S. 31 to County Road 51 and construction of a bridge replacement culvert on County Road 42 over Yellow Leaf Creek.

The length of the entire project is 4.341 miles.