Workers to replace faulty arch on new interstate bridge
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Workers must replace a faulty arch on a new interstate bridge that is meant to be a gateway into Tuscaloosa, delaying the project by months.
A metal arch that was erected on the eastbound side of a new Interstate 20/59 bridge over McFarland Boulevard was twisted, The Tuscaloosa News reported. The arch will be removed so a new structure can be installed along with a newly fabricated arch for the westbound side.
The work is being performed by Brasfield & Gorrie, the Birmingham-based contractor that was awarded the $83.4 million project in 2018, said John D. McWilliams, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation.
“Although the arch does not pose any danger to the traveling public, it does not meet the Alabama Department of Transportation’s specifications,” said McWilliams. “The contractor and ALDOT worked together to find a solution, but it was ultimately determined that a replacement was required.”
While the project was supposed to be done by December, the problem combined with wet weather early in the year will push back completion to summer 2021 at the earliest, McWilliams said.