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County commission closes Highway 27 bridge

In its regular meeting Monday, the Franklin County Commission voted to close the Highway 27 bridge.

Reasons cited for the closure include the need for extensive repairs as well as low usage. The bridge is 24 feet wide and is located south of Vina and west of Hodges.

Signs about the closure are expected to be posted ASAP.

County bridge inspector Anthony Gardner recommended the bridge for immediate closure, based on the findings of the inspection crew, including the fact that the piles are rusted and corroded.

In other action, per the request of Franklin County Archives Director Chris Ozbirn, the commission approved the purchase of two historic markers: one for Frankfort and one for Belgreen. Each will cost $2,440, which includes the cost of the pole. The markers will recognize the fact that each town used to be the county seat.

In other business, the commission approved:

  • A resolution noting “with immense pride and admiration the recent success of the Russellville High School Marching Hundred, both its members and sponsors,” congratulating the band on its 2021 Class 5A State Band Championship.
  • A resolution proclaiming Nov. 21-27 as Alabama Farm-City Week. In part, the resolution called for everyone to “join in recognizing the accomplishments of our productive farmers and of our urban residents, who cooperate to create abundance, wealth and strength for our nation.”
  • Appointment of Dr. Karen Townsend to the Northwest Regional Library Board of Trustees.

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