HALEYVILLE - County Road 54, the connector road between Dime Road at Quarter Creek and Airport Road, has been closed due to a portion of the road collapsing Monday, Feb. 21, reported Winston County District 2 Commissioner David Cummings. Motorists are being urged to avoid the area.
A section of roadway measuring 100 feet wide, 100 feet long collapsed Monday, Feb. 21, causing a gaping hole 20 feet deep. Travel is being restricted in that area, noted Cummings. Barricades have been placed on the road, but motorists at each side of the road are allowed to enter or exit their homes either by Dime Road or Airport Road.
The road closure is also causing rerouting of major truck traffic from nearby American Manufactured Supply, with trucks currently being detoured by Newburg Road, to County Road 473.
The cause of the road collapse is not determined, but the area experienced heavy rainfall Monday. County officials will not be able to access the washed out area until later this week due to stormy weather expected on and off for several days. It is believed that a culvert underneath the roadway may have collapsed, but a better view of what caused the wash out will be known after the weather improves.
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