Road Closure Causes Inconvenience for Local Convenience Store

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A wiregrass road under construction is causing some problems.A section of Houston County Road 81 is closed, shutting off potential customers to a local business.

Employees at Brunson’s convenience store say they've seen a decrease in the number of people who come into their business.

But county officials say they're working as fast as they can to get the road fixed.

Recent road repairs are becoming quite the inconvenience for one local business.

“We've had several customers complain that they've had to take long detours they're not able to come up as often,”

Wendy Collins works at Brunson’s convenience store located just southeast of Cottonwood, near the state line.

She says construction on Houston County Road 81 is costing her customers.

“I think it has really affected our business. Instead of coming a short distance here, they're either going to Malone or Cottonwood, just because they don't want to go through the hassles of the detours,” said Collins.

If you're traveling down Highway 53 and turn on to Houston county road 81, about two miles down the road, you're going to run into a small creek is dividing either side of the road. There's about 25-30 yards separating one side of the road from the other.

“We had a pipe that was failing basically under the road it was caving in it had become old and so obviously to keep the road safe we need to replace it,”

County Commission Chairman Mark Culver says the road has been closed for almost two weeks.

“It's a pretty good sized project,” he says.

He says after removing a faulty pipe, the county had to order a new one.

“It'll be here Monday and we'll begin work to replace it as quickly as possible,”

Culver says he understands the cause for concern.

“Anytime we close a road it inconveniences people and we understand that we're sympathetic to them, but at the same time all we can do is order the pipe and put it in as quickly as we can,”

Collins hopes whatever needs to be done, will be done in the near future.

“It's aggravating for me in general. I have to leave home 30 minutes early just to go around and come back,”

A customer who frequents Brunson’s convenience store actually asked workers if he could leave a petition for other patrons to sign.

It's a petition that he hopes will catch the eye of county leaders so the project will be completed as soon as possible.

Culver says assuming the new pipe comes in on time and the weather doesn't interfere, the road should be back open in two or three weeks.

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