MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A road closure in West Mobile has some residents asking questions. Residents wanted to know what's going on and how long will it last.
If you live on Leroy Stevens Road, south of Cottage Hill Road or north of Three Notch Road, you may have seen or encountered road closure signs.
Mobile County Public Works closed a section of Leroy Stevens Road to protect drivers.
"Sometime after our routine inspection, someone had called in and stated they had hit a pothole out on Leroy Stevens Road. And upon our investigation, we noticed there was a large void up under the pavement," said Ricky Mitchell with Mobile County Public Works.
Mitchell, a deputy public works director, said crews fixed the hole and then upon further inspection discovered that a drainage pipe had corroded.
"It's just to drain water from one side of the road to the other, just allows the water that moves through there to continue on through, it's only storm water," said Mitchell.
Public works then began analyzing the best way to fix the problem.
"And we've settled on a long bridge to replace two separate multi-pipe features," said Mitchell.
Mitchell said there are several steps in the design process for road construction. During that process, he said they discovered that a wetland area exists near the road closure, a portion of it may be disturbed during construction.
"We are mitigating by putting a bridge in place instead of the pipes. We're actually improving by mitigating 10-times what we're actually disturbing, which is a good thing," said Mitchell.
This project would normally take a year to complete, but they're expediting this one.
They estimate it will take about six to eight months to complete.
More info about Mobile County Public Works can be found here .
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