New Yellow River bridge planned

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to build a new bridge at the Yellow River Bridge on Hwy. 55, according to a project letting list posted in late May.

The project is expected to take 330 working days, or a minimum of 16 months, and to cost between $10 million and $13 million, according to ALDOT’s web site.

Florala Mayor Terry Holley said he has learned from the ALDOT that the current bridge will remain open during the construction phrase, and traffic can continue to flow.

“That is good for us,” he said.

A project to replace the bridge at Lockhart in 2015 and 2016 meant Hwy. 55 traffic had to be diverted, and many beach travelers opted for alternate routes.

“We are really pleased that they have designed the project this way,” Holley said.