The project, fast-tracked by the Alabama Department of Transportation and approved by Gov. Robert Bentley in July, called for repairing two sinkholes on Alabama 21 near the E911 Center.
Despite the recent bouts of rainfall, ALDOT employee Tony Harris said crews from Newell Roadbuilders Inc. of Hope Hull have been working around the clock per the terms of the contract and offered an estimated timeline for reopening Alabama 21.
“We still anticipate reopening the roadway within 3 weeks in accordance with the contract,” he said.
Barbara Moore, a resident who expressed her concerns at several Talladega County Commission meetings preceding the construction project, said other than people using her driveway to circumvent the roadblock and experiencing issues receiving her mail, there have been no major issues brought on by the project.
“It seems as if it’s going really well,” Moore said. “It’s more of an inconvenience than anything. I hope they can stay on track with the project and finish it on time.”
While the sinkhole project rolls along, one of the roads designated for local traffic only received some repaving.
A construction foreman who was on-scene with crews repaving Whiting Road said the repairs were being made due to increased traffic and damage caused to the roads by unauthorized traffic not adhering to the detour.
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