Restored Ala. Bridge Set to Reopen

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CLEVELAND, Ala. (AP) -- Two of three historic covered bridges in Blount County are set to reopen to traffic next week.

Blount County Commission Chairman Chris Green says restoration is complete except for some final details on the Swann and Easley covered bridges. The county is planning a ribbon cutting at the west end of the Swann Bridge at 11 a.m. Monday.

The Swann Bridge and Easley Bridge will reopen to traffic at that point. The Horton Mill Covered Bridge is still undergoing restoration. Green says it should reopen about 30-45 days later.

The bridges closed to vehicle traffic in 2009 following safety concerns raised by inspections.

The Easley Bridge, built in 1927, is the oldest. The Swann Bridge was built in 1933, and the Horton Mill Bridge was built in 1935.

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