The state has agreed to repair a section of U.S. Highway 31 damaged during the heavy rainfall at the beginning of the year, but a Cullman County road may be ruined in the process.

During their regular meeting this week, the Cullman County Commission tabled a request from the Alabama Department of Transportation to use County Road 1223 as a detour during the repair work on Highway 31 until they received a response from the state on how the county road would be treated once the project was completed.

“There will definitely be damage to that road,” said Cullman County Commission Chairman James Graves. “We are waiting on their response on what they are willing to do to the road once they are finished.”

Graves said the four-lane, 30 to 40-foot section of Highway 31, just past Hurricane Creek Park, would have to be completely closed for the repair work to take place. Large portions of dirt underneath the road were washed away during heavy rainfall in January.

As a result of the closing, all traffic would have to be detoured onto County Road 1223, including many dump trucks that use Highway 31 every day to obtain gravel from a quarry in Morgan County.

“They are going to destroy that road,” Graves said.

Graves said the commission expects a response from the state within a few weeks. He added that the repair work would not begin for another few months.

In other business the commission:

‰ authorized the chairman to sign the Long Term Detention Subsidy contract with Tennessee Valley.

‰ authorized the chairman to sign the fiscal year 2010 Title III Aging Contract with NARCOG.

‰ authorized the chairman to sign the fiscal year 2010 SeniorRx Contract with NARCOG.

‰ authorized the chairman to sign the fiscal year 2010 Title II-D Health Promotion/Prevention Aging Contract.

‰ moved county employee payroll from Tuesday to Wednesday, affective on the first pay period in January.

‰ approved a $1,000 grant to Beat 8 community center in Antioch.

‰ informed the public of a $6,067.77 refund from the Worker’s Compensation Fund.

‰ Patrick McCreless can be reached by e-mail at patrickm@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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