By Alton Mitchell
As the month of May has rolled in a critical milestone has been reached in Chambers County. A roadway that has been closed for nearly six months due to needed bridge repairs is on the way to recovery.
Crews from the CSX railroad arrived along County Road 21 in Chambers County on Monday. The roadway is a route that many travel to reach the town of Waverly from Alabama Highway 147. In November the road was closed to thru traffic due to the bridge closure.
According to Josh Harvill of the Chambers County Highway Department the repairs should take about a month or so to complete. That timeline may be extended due to weather conditions possibly delaying repairs. According to Harvill once the repairs are complete the bridge will be returned to its previous level of service in which it will have a 3-ton weight limit.
The repairs to the bridge are not costing Chambers County taxpayers any dollars. The repairs are being fully funded by the railroad. The bridge will remain closed which is 2.3 miles from Highway 147 until the repairs are complete.