Seth Burkett, north region public information officer for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), said Drum Creek Bridge on Alabama Highway 205 could be opened next week.
“It looks like they will get the bridge open to traffic in the early part of next week — late Monday at the earliest,” Burkett stated Friday afternoon.
While it could be reopened, Burkett said motorists should expect possible delays and lane closures. The bridge’s construction isn’t completely over.
“There will still be some work that has to be performed under traffic,” he said. “Things like permanent striping and markers and punch list work, which is typically minor cleanup or correction items. By under traffic, I mean it won’t require total road closure.”
Replacing Drum Creek Bridge, which was nearly 100 years old, first began in May of 2018. The $2 million project was originally intended to be finished in the spring of 2019, but inclement weather and contractual issues caused several delays.
Motorists should be happy to see it reopen; nearly 3,400 cars cross the bridge per day, according to a 2016 traffic count. Since construction started, drivers have been detoured onto U.S. Highway 431 in Albertville and Guntersville to avoid the site.