MARLOW, Alabama — The project to replace the bridge over Barner Branch on County Road 9 has been postponed by two weeks and has been extended from five months to seven months, according to a release issued Tuesday by the Baldwin County Highway Department.
A portion of County Road 9 between County Road 28 and Underwood Road was scheduled to close on Monday, Sept. 23 and remain closed until March 6. According to a release issued Tuesday by the BCHD, the project has been postponed until Oct. 7, and is scheduled to remain closed until May 1.
The project, which will cost just under $1 million, has been in the works for more than a year, said Tyler Mitchell, construction manager with the Baldwin County Highway Department. Newell and Bush Construction of Montgomery will be in charge of the project, Mitchell said.
The Highway Department also issued a revised travel advisory on Monday, Sept. 9 stating that a bridge project over Bushy Creek on Hoyle Bryars Road between County Road 61 and Dyas Road will remain closed until Thursday, Oct. 31.
A third bridge construction project, on County Road 9 over Polecat Creek is nearing completion, Mitchell said, and is now open to traffic.
Bridge replacement is done for a variety of reasons, Mitchell said.
“The state will road-rate a bridge, meaning that certain vehicles over a certain weight are unable to cross the bridge,” he said, stating that the Barner Branch bridge had been road-rated by the Alabama Department of Transportation for well over a year. “That is one of the criteria, along with age and condition.”