Shelton Beach Road Bridge Construction

Shelton Beach Road Bridge Construction

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Saraland, Ala. -

Construction on the Shelton Beach Road bridge is causing more than a few hot heads.

"We've lost probably half to 60% of the business," says Michael Underwood.

Underwood, owner of Saraland Produce, says he loses $2,000 a day worth of business.

"It's just too much of a hassle to go around neighborhoods cause there is no direct shortcut through here."

Causing several drivers to go out of their way to get anywhere.

"It's a pain in the rear. We live on the other side of Saraland and we have to come down and take the little shortcut by the school and then come back around and go back down," says Roy Worley.

With fewer customers coming in on a weekly basis, Underwood is also losing money because he can't move the produce fast enough before it goes bad.

Two to three days a week, well we bought all our produce here. And now we have to go around so we don't visit them quite as often," says shopper Doyle Mays.

The project began December 2, 2012 to update the 50 year old bridge. Officials with Alabama Department of Transportation tell me the project is under a working day contract, meaning crews only work on days with agreeable weather and other conditions. ALDOT averages 15 working days a month with 110 working days projected for the bridge. According to their offices, they are on time. But try telling that to the folks losing cash over the construction.

"Hopefully we just want the bridge to get back and the people to come back," adds Underwood.

ALDOT says they plan to have the project completed the week of August 12th--before students go back to school. And they are still within budget, which was set at $830,000.

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