A commonly used road in Coffee County has been closed to traffic for several weeks. Tyler Street in New Brockton remains closed, causing problems for residents who live there.
People with homes near the barricade have to drive additional miles to detour around the closed road. A 50 foot deep sinkhole has opened near the roadway, making driving extremely dangerous there. City officials say the foundation was damaged after torrential rainfall from Hurricane Ivan last September.
The estimated cost of repairs to the highway is more than $400,000. New Brockton mayor Charles Cole says the Alabama Emergency Management Agency has agreed to help fund most of the expense, because the damage is storm related.