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Childersburg bridge project; how it has affected local businesses

CHILDERSBURG Ala.- Frustrated. That is how many Childersburg businesses feel about the ongoing bridge construction on Hwy. 280 in Childersburg.

The construction began in July 2017, blocking off many roads in the heart of Childersburg, limiting access to businesses.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, utility conflicts and weather have contributed to many delays in finishing the project and many businesses right off Hwy. 280 have been negatively impacted by the construction.

“The construction has really killed our business,” Piggly Wiggly store manager Sammy Kelley. “They closed the roads and people were unable to get to us. There are a lot of people in Childersburg who are not familiar with the backroads in town, so many didn’t know how to get here and that really hurt us.”

Other businesses like Forget Me Not had to relocate their business due to the ongoing construction.

“The construction really affected our business, especially when they had the road leading to our business completely blocked off,” said co-owner Ben Nelson. “We do a lot of walk-in business and the construction has really slowed down walk-ins. They purchased our land, as part of the construction, so we had to move prior to the construction starting.”

ALDOT told construction is estimated to be completed by July 2020. Traffic should be routed to its final position as early as mid-June.


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