The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 8, 2013

Major pipe washout closes part of Cowford for at least week

By Karen Middleton
For The News Courier

— A major pipe spanning a portion of Cowford Road washed out in the late week’s rains, closing the road for at least a week, according to Limestone County District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer.

The section of road, between Nuclear Plant and Browns Ferry roads in southwest Limestone, is spanned by an oblong, 40-foot-long drainage pipe measuring 74 inches high by 88 inches wide that will cost some $7,000 to replace, Latimer said.

“I’ve got to order the pipe, and that will take a couple of days to come in,” he said. “We’ll backfill it with red dirt and spread gravel on top and let traffic drive over it for a couple of weeks and then come back and put plant mix over top. It needs to settle so there isn’t a sag in the plant mix.”

Latimer said that when the district receives as much rain as it has over the past four to five days he expects such washouts.

“Usually, we’ll have one or two washouts show up so maybe there is more that we haven’t come across,” he said.

Latimer said only local traffic will be allowed to use the road for the next week.

Among jobs Latimer said his crews would be working on in coming days are replacing tiles on Huntsville Browns Ferry and Seven Mile Post roads.

Crews will also replace a tile this week on Old Highway 20 in Greenbrier