Winston County to start on County Road 12 project

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/7/17

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Road Department has announced that work will now go forward a Winston County Road 12 culvert replacement project.

Winston County Engineer Bryan Cheatwood said in an email recently that the Alabama Department of Transportation has issued a “notice to proceed” order for the project, set to take place in the Wilson Bend Community.

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Winston County to start on County Road 12 project

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DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Road Department has announced that work will now go forward a Winston County Road 12 culvert replacement project.

Winston County Engineer Bryan Cheatwood said in an email recently that the Alabama Department of Transportation has issued a “notice to proceed” order for the project, set to take place in the Wilson Bend Community.

“The Winston County Road Department is currently working with the contractor (Ikaros, LLC, of Northport) to begin work at the earliest date possible,” he said. “Provided that no adverse conditions occur, the project is expected to be completed within the January/February period.” 

Cheatwood said by phone last week that the work goes back to the December 2015 Christmas flooding that impacted the county. He said more than $1 million in damage had to be repaired in the county, including $100,000 in work before inspectors even arrived.

He said three urgent projects had to be completed first, costing $500,000, as residents were cut off from their residences. Those areas included County Road 8 in the Black Pond area, the Lakeshore East area in Double Springs and the Emerald Valley area in Houston. A fourth culvert and bridge project, costing $120,000, has been in the Addison area on County Road 160, and is expected to be completed before January.

The fifth and final project to repair the flood damage is the one on County Road 12. It is also the largest, as the project is projected to cost $432,000, dealing with a loop road affecting 1,000 households and serving as a major collector, Cheatwood said.

“It was enormous,” he said of the damage from the floods, saying the section on County Road 12 that was washed away was 70 feet wide and nearly 20 feet deep.

Extra culvert capacity and environmental improvements are among the upgrades being made part of the project, he said.

The work is being paid for with a grant from the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Funds, with a 20 percent match called for from the Winston County Commission, Cheatwood said.

Cheatwood said in the statement the department wanted to thank residents of the Wilson Bend Community for their patience and help in the recovery process that has impacted the community.” 

“Everyone is welcome to contact the Winston County Road Department with any questions or concerns regarding the project or to report damages and needed repairs to Winton County roads and bridges.” 

The phone number for the department is 205-489-5031.