The Alabama Department of Transportation provided an update on work being done along the Causeway (Alabama Highway 9) in Cedar Bluff.
According to Seth Burkett, Public Information Officer for the North Division of ALDOT, the contractor for Northeast Alabama Water & Sewer should be finished moving the water line by the end of next week. DC Gas has already relocated their line. Resurfacing work will probably start later this month.
The contractor on the project is Vulcan (formerly McCartney). Contract amount is $1,873,678. The project is about five miles long and goes from the south end of the Burnett Bridge over the Coosa River on Alabama 9 at Cedar Bluff to the Alabama 68 intersection (Cedar Bluff Road at Armory Road), north of U.S. 411 in Centre.
Motorists should be prepared for single-lane closures, expect delays, and plan for additional travel time. The majority of the project is only a two-lane highway, so when the contractor is milling and paving through that area, traffic will be reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers or pilot car. Weather permitting; the time-frame may be several weeks of actual paving. ALDOT says that they anticipate the project being essentially complete before the end of the year.
They will also be making some safety upgrades to guardrail, which include resetting 18,600 feet of guardrail, upgrading the blocks connecting the guardrail face to the posts, and installing new guardrail end anchors.
Some smaller segments of the project were resurfaced more recently, but most of it — everything from south of the relief bridge (just south of the Burnett bridge) down to the five-lane section starting near Weiss Lake Lodge — hasn’t been resurfaced since 2002, which is a long time for a state route.