A public involvement meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Childersburg City Hall.
According to a public notice from ALDOT, additional right-of-way will be required to replace the bridge, adjacent to the intersection of Alabama 76 near the Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
ALDOT 4th Division Engineer DeJarvis Leonard said the existing bridge is stable, but doesn’t meet load requirements for some heavier trucks. “That hinders the progress of moving goods throughout the state,” Leonard said. He said the project is a high priority for ALDOT.
“The purpose of this meeting is to permit interested individuals, public officials, agencies and organizations to express their views on the proposed project,” according to a public notice about the meeting.
The meeting will be informal, and ALDOT representatives will be present to answer questions about the proposal.
People may drop by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. Preliminary layouts will be on display, and anyone attending will have the opportunity to submit written comments about the proposal.
Leonard said the proposal is in an early stage, and a new bridge would likely take three years to complete. The next steps would be finalizing a design, acquiring right of way as necessary, soliciting bids and signing a contract. “We would like to go to construction by a year from now,” Leonard said.
Anyone planning to attend the meeting who needs assistance or auxiliary communication aids due to sensory impairment or other disability should contact Donna Humphrey at ALDOT, 1-800-952-5631.