Icy road

The foot of Henry Road in Anniston was closed just beyond the entrance to The Donoho School in mid January. Despite barricades several pick-up trucks entered and exited the area that was nearly covered in snow and ice. (Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star)

Crews are scheduled to begin work to repave a section of Henry Road in Anniston on Monday.

Calhoun County engineer Brian Rosenbalm said with weather permitting, a contractor would remove a couple inches of asphalt and repave the roadway. He said he believed the work would be in the section of Henry Road running from Mary Lane to Lakeshore Drive.

According to Rosenbalm, the work may mean partial lane closures, but drivers won’t have to find an alternate route.

The county is working with the city to carry out the project, according to Rosenbalm.

In January, city resident Diane Black spoke to the Anniston City Council about problems with Henry Road icing over during winter weather.

She said she was told by a public works employee that the asphalt on Henry Road can’t be sanded or salted to prevent icing. She was told the roadway could be coated with a liquid brine, but the city doesn’t have the equipment needed for that.

Black asked why the council didn’t purchase the needed equipment once they decided to go with the asphalt that could only withstand brining.  

“This is 2018,” she said. “We’re stuck up there for days.”

Mayor Jack Draper said during the meeting the road was paved before most of the present council had been elected took office. Councilman Ben Little said he was on the council when the work was approved and to his knowledge, no one informed them that the materials used couldn’t be salted.

Draper told Black the city was testing sections of the roadway to see if the issue could be remedied.

Reached by phone Friday, Rosenbalm said he was not aware of the issues discussed in the council meeting. But he said the contractor will use the county’s standard asphalt, which can withstand both the brine and salt.

Efforts to reach city elected officials about the roadway project were not immediately successful Friday.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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