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Traffic Alert: Lane closures expected while crews repair crack on U.S. 231

A crack formed on the roadway after the recent heavy rainfall.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 4:56 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 5:01 PM

UPDATE: (2/28/19 4:43 p.m.) According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, on Thursday, crews milled and placed a layer of asphalt binder on the damaged section of U.S. 231 on Brindley Mountain, and all lanes were open as of 2:30 p.m.

Seth Burkett with the department said, weather permitting, crews will pave a wearing layer over the asphalt binder on Friday. Single-lane closures should be expected on the southbound roadway between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and crews will first close the outside lane and then the inside lane, Burkett said.


A photo taken Wednesday of a crack on U.S. 231 that was caused by flood damage

A photo taken two days ago of a crack on U.S. 231 that was caused by flood damage

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According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, crews will repair pavement on U.S. 231 southbound in the Brindley Mountain area of Morgan County on Thursday, February 28, if weather permits.

The outside southbound lane is currently closed near milepost 301.7, north of Bell Point Road, because of a crack that formed after the recent heavy rainfall. ALDOT says it is possible crews will close the entire southbound roadway going up the mountain and run traffic in both directions on the northbound roadway, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. If this happens, officials say southbound traffic will be diverted to the inside northbound lane in the area of Douglas Road and directed back to the southbound roadway north of Apple Grove Road.

ALDOT says two-way traffic on the northbound roadway will be separated by traffic cones and state troopers will assist with traffic control. Lower speed limits will be in place, and officials say drivers should be prepared to slow down and make lane changes.

Delays should be expected, and ALDOT says it will continue to monitor the area, following the pavement repair.

The crack seems to be getting bigger, judging from the eyes of WAAY 31 reporter, Kody Fisher, who saw it two days ago and again on Wednesday.

The bottom picture on the left is what the crack looked like two days ago, and the picture above is what it looked like on Wednesday.

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