Thursday, March 15, 2007

Archaeology issues delay bridge bid
Archaeological concerns have delayed the bid opening on a new bridge to replace the B.B. Comer Bridge in Scottsboro until April 27.

Johnny Harris, Division 1 engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation, said Friday the date was moved from March 28 because of "archaeological issues" in the Tennessee River near the steel-truss bridge, built in 1930.

The department delayed bid opening, he said, after realizing archaeological finds were made by the Tennessee Valley Authority before it raised the river in 1939.