“The project was let to contract last year and construction began in August 2012,” said DeJarvis Leonard, division engineer for the Fourth Division of the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Leonard said it took several years to get the ALDOT bridge replacement project to contract.
“It’s a regular bridge replacement project that had been on the books,” he said. “The bridge had met its life cycle and it was time to replace it.”
Eric English, with ALDOT, said the bridge was originally built in 1958.
Leonard said the project is about 30 percent complete.
“It’s scheduled to be finished this fall,” he said. “We are in the winter months so things are going slowly. As the weather improves, you will see the project moving forward more quickly.”
Leonard said the bridge is being built parallel on the east side of the current bridge and is not affecting traffic on Alabama 77.