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Selma bridge close to reopening after multi-million construction project

SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

When Gary Cleckler found out nine months ago the old Valley Creek Bridge in Selma would be replaced, he knew that meant one thing -- his produce stand two miles away would take a hit and it did.

"The road closure knocked off about 40 percent of my business," said Cleckler.

Today, Cleckler and thousands like him in Selma stand on the verge of driving across the new bridge, a big deal in these parts because this part of Dallas Avenue is a big artery to get from one side of town to the other. The road is expected to re-open next Thursday on May 1.

Camelle Posey lives mere yards from the new bridge.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be nice," said Posey.

As of now Valley Creek Bridge will not open in time for key events this weekend in Selma such as the golf tournament and the Battle of Selma Civil War Reenactment. Cleckler and Posey say 'that's okay.. just get it open.'

The entire project cost around $2.2 million. Project managers say there were no real issues, no significant challenges to overcome. The only potential bump in the road in the re-opening would be bad weather.

For now all that's left to do is finish the fencing, lay down a truck-load of sod and add another layer of asphalt.

"I am really happy about this," said Cleckler.

A smoother ride to work for Gary Cleckler is just around the corner.

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