Eva Rd. to close next week for bridge repair; school traffic plan released

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CULLMAN – Next Monday, Nov. 5, the City of Cullman will close a portion of Eva Road between Forrest Avenue Northeast and Scenic Drive Northeast.  In a meeting with The Tribune Monday morning, Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper explained that the closure could last up to 10 months, depending on construction schedules.  No through traffic will be allowed, and only local residential traffic will be allowed on Eva Road from 13th Street to Scenic Drive.

An initial report that the road’s northern closure would be at Forrest Avenue was updated by Culpepper to note that access to the Water Department building just south of the intersection would remain available.

The main concern for the City and police department with this closure is keeping traffic flowing around the high, middle and primary schools during the morning drop-off time, when traffic is the most congested.

Cullman High School and Cullman Primary School

  • Traffic coming from the south will be unaffected and may proceed as usual.
  • Drivers coming from Hwy. 157 who usually take Eva Rd. should proceed to Childhaven Rd.  
  • At the fork in Childhaven Rd. at the bottom of the hill past Mitchell Rd. NE and Orphans Home Rd. NE, proceed right onto Main Ave.
  • From Main Ave., turn left onto 13th St. and proceed to schools.
  • If you take the left fork onto 2nd Way NE (which turns into 2nd Ave. NE), left turns from that street onto 13th St. will not be permitted during drop-off time.  In order to turn left onto 13th St., you must take Main Ave.

Cullman Middle School

  • Traffic coming from the south will be unaffected, and may proceed as usual
  • Drivers coming from Hwy 157 who usually take Eva Rd. should proceed to Childhaven Rd.
  • At the fork in Childhaven Rd. at the bottom of the hill past Mitchell Rd. NE and Orphans Home Rd. NE, proceed left onto 2nd Way, which becomes 2nd Ave. NE
  • When you reach CMS, depending on your drop-off point, continue on 2nd Ave. NE or turn left onto 9th St. NE over to 4th Ave. NE. 

Extra signage will be posted during this time, and officers may be used at certain intersections to make sure traffic is flowing correctly.

Culpepper observed that the temporary change will likely not be without certain issues, but urged patience and noted that the plan can be modified as needed, if officers see persistent problems at any point on the routes.

Click here to see the detour map.

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