Construction of Keel Mountain Road set to begin

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – County leaders say a summer construction plan for a narrow incline road near Gurley will begin as early as next week.

Madison County Commissioner for District 3 Craig Hill told News 19 that the top of Keel Mountain Road suffered a grade failure during a 2020 flood, necessitating resurfacing and widening improvements. shoulders.

However, Hill said he was confident lane closures would not be as common as originally thought.

“We may sometimes have a lane closed, but we will be working near the shoulder of the road, so traffic should slow down and be mindful of workers who are present,” Hill explained. “So that’s the only change, which we think we have to close the road. We’re not going to have to close the road. It will be open but sometimes a lane may be closed.”

“The road is still stable and functional. There is no problem there. It’s just a different level, a different level of the mountain where we found a problem that we want to solve. We don’t want to pass it on, we want to fix it now.

This work is part of the ongoing drainage improvement project which began in May. Hill added that construction could begin early next week depending on weather conditions and take less than 60 working days.

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