Wadley bridge

In 2003 the Highway 22 bridge in Wadley was almost completely submerged by sever flooding on the Tallapoosa River.

WADLEY - With the announcement of a public forum scheduled for November, the Alabama Department of Transportation has set the wheels in motion for a major bridge replacement project on Highway 22 in Wadley.

The forum will take place on the campus of Southern Union in Wadley on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 4-6 p.m. and will give the public the opportunity to review project information and maps.

According to the announcement, the project would replace the two spans of the Highway 22 bridge, over the Tallapoosa River and over the train tracks that run adjacent to the river just outside of downtown Wadley.

According to Wadley Mayor Donna McKay, the current bridge was originally constructed in 1938. It had one of its most famous moments in 2003 when it was almost completely submerged by severe flooding on the Tallapoosa.

There has been no announcement of a detailed timeline for when construction on a new bridge will actually begin, but McKay said it may be as long as another year before that happens.

"It's not a real quick process," she said.

The open house will be held in the Lakeview Room at Southern Union but will not feature a formal presentation.

"Project information, including maps and comment forms, will be available for review. Representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation and the design consultant will be available to answer questions," the announcement reads.

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