Road projects will slow drivers

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A pair of road projects could cause traffic delays for Pike County motorists this week.

The Pike County Road Department on Monday closed a portion of County Road 337 south of Hamilton Crossroads to complete a cross drain replacement project. No on-site detour is available, and drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.

“We didn’t get it finished (Monday) but we hope to be able to finish Tuesday,” said Russell Oliver, county engineer.

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The drain replacement provides a permanent repair for the road damage sustained in December 2015 during the holiday flooding event. That weather event, which drew a federal emergency declaration, led to the identification of 228 sites with road or bridge damage.

“We have a few dirt roads that are still closed, mainly because of bridges out, but I don’t expect we will have to close any other roads to make the permanent repairs,” Oliver said.

Also on Monday, the Alabama Department of Transportation began resurfacing Alabama Highway 10 from the end of the curb section in Brundidge to the Barbour County line.

The resurfacing will likely take about 40 days, and the project includes safety widening, planning, resurfacing and traffic striping.

While the road will not be closed during the project, motorist should expect delays and are urged to use caution when traveling through the construction zone.

“They don’t typically close the road completely during the resurfacing,” Oliver said.