Closing of Alcovy Road for bridge work delayed

COVINGTON - Plans to close Alcovy Road for a bridge repair project have been delayed until Jan. 2.

Signs have been posted in recent weeks alerting motorists to the closure, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday, but now they won't have to worry about detouring out of their way until after the holidays are over.

"We have had scheduling issues with the contractor and problems with equipment availability and all kinds of coordinating issues, and this closing will give us more time to prepare and avoid closing during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, which should be better for the public," said County Engineer Kevin Walter.

Repairs to the bridge over Cornish Creek are necessary because the steel inside the bridge has been overexposed to water, causing the concrete to crack, Walter said.

"If we let that continue, in a few years the bridge will have to be replaced," Walter said. "It's not a safety issue; it's more of a maintenance and longevity issue."

If the problem persists, however, the steel could become corroded, he said.

Motorists will be detoured while work is under way.

The project should be completed by the end of March, he said.

The $500,000 project will be funded through special purpose local option sales tax revenues.