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For Immediate Release: November 29, 2016


The bridge inside Buck’s Pocket State Park has been closed since April after heavy rains from December 2015 left damages.  Today, an unexpected Christmas present came in the way of funds from the Alabama Department of Transportation.  Director John Cooper notified officials that $160,000.00 would be made available to make the repairs and improvements on County Road 173.

Senator Clay Scofield, who lobbied hard for the repairs said, “we greatly appreciate the help of Mr. Cooper and his attention to this critical project in DeKalb County.  I also want to thank Chairman Ricky Harcrow of DeKalb County and Chairman James Hutcheson of Marshall County for their work on the project.”  Scofield also pointed out that the proposed work will definitely help out when the Buck’s Pocket campground is re-opened and when the new OHV trail is finished.”

DeKalb County Commission Chairman, Ricky Harcrow said that county road crews will perform the work and are just waiting for a notice to proceed.  “I know the people who commute across the bridge will be very glad to see it reopened, he said.  “We just really thank Mr. Cooper and the state for this assistance.”

Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said, “I want to express my appreciation to Senator Scofield for his efforts and to John Cooper for his continued support in north Alabama.”

Work will include removing damaged concrete and pipes, installing new metal pipes and replacing concrete at the South Sauty Creek crossing;  replacement of guardrails on Point Rock Road at the culvert, Pocket Road and Campground; asphalting the campground parking area and patching and resurfacing a portion of Point Rock Road.

For More Information Contact: Ph. 256-582-0619

For More Information Visit This Website: Buck's Pocket State Park, located in DeKalb, Marshall and Jackson Counties

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