Bridge Construction Causes Strain on Commuters and Businesses

By: Martha Spencer Email
By: Martha Spencer Email

The Highway 52 bridge between Slocomb and Hartford has been under construction for nearly nine months.

The project is putting a strain on both locals and commuters. Residents and business owners are noticing the effects from the lengthly detour to State Road 123.

Construction on the bridge began on Febuary 6, 2008, and reprisentatives for the board of transportation say the project is running on schedule, but many Geneva county residents are tired of the detour and ready to see it finished.

A Hartford resident told News 4, "its great that theyre doing the construction on the bridge and it would be very beneficial but it is a huge inconvienience and the construction is taking longer than it should take".

The detour re-routes traffic to state road 123 and takes about twelve minutes to get to Hartford from start to finish.

Slocomb mayor-elect said, "I think that it should be almost completed, I hope so because it obviously has affected obviously through our town the town of slocomb, east on 52 people comin from hartford coming from enterprise are simply taking other routes so for the good of our city and the businesses here im hoping the project is near in completion."

Zack Whaley, owner of Zack's Family Restaurant in Slocomb said, "at first it probably didnt hurt us too much but on my charts from june july and august its impacted us probably 10%-12%".

"The brannon stand bridge was built in no time flat and this bridge has been closed for ever and a day!" said Sarah Hatcher,who lives between Slocomb and Hartford.

And while construction is on schedule acording to the Alabama Department of Transportation, area residents feel they have been left high and dry on bridge updates.

"I would like to see it completed ASAP but my problem is i havnt heard any inquiries on it, any information about it from anyone." said Whaley.

DOT Officials say the bridge is expected to be completed some time in December 2008. It was given a 145 work day schedule, not including holidays, weekends and inclement weather. 150 work days averages out to be around twelve months.

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