Restoration approved for Smith Chapel Bridge in Walker Co.

(Melissa Crabtree/CBS42)

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1374791752&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4168056&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1374791752 type=script]CARBON HILL, Ala. (WIAT) – Funding has now been approved to restore Smith Chapel Bridge, which is located just outside of Carbon Hill.

The small bridge has been closed since May after the Alabama Department of Transportation determined it could no longer support three tons, which was the maximum weight posted.

The bridge is an alternate access for drivers to Carbon Hill for residents in Nauvoo, Prospect and Lupton.

However, emergency vehicles and school buses had not been allowed on the bridge for quite some time.

The upcoming restoration will allow access once again to those emergency vehicles, like police and fire departments.

The restoration is possible because of Governor Bentley allocating $5.2 million in funding from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and improvement Program to Walker County road and bridge projects on Wednesday.

More information on bridge projects in Alabama and across the nation can be found these links:

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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