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August 13, 2013

Work on collapsed county road to be completed soon

CRANE HILL — By the end of the month, the dozen or so families living on Cullman County Road 950 should no longer have to take a 10-minute detour to get home.

County road department crews expect to finish repairs on the road that runs along Smith Lake in the Crane Hill community within the next weeks, said County Engineer Jon Brunner. Heavy rains earlier this summer caused a landslide that collapsed the road, and crews have been working to reroute the roadway since, he said.

“CR-950 was too close to the lake so the road department has been working to move it farther away so something like this doesn’t happened again,” said Cullman County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker.

Since a portion of the road has been closed, residents who live on Smith Lake have been forced to travel the temporary CR- 4000 to get in and out of the area. Commissioner Stanley Yarbrough said between 14 to 17 households have been affected by the closure. The detour on CR-4000 adds an extra  8 to 10 minutes for residents to get home, he said.

“All the rain we’ve had this summer has been the biggest issue with the job, but if we get some dry weather, the road department should be able to finish up the work within two weeks or so,” Yarbrough said.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached at towens@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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