ALDOT: Water in Wallace Tunnel No Problem

ALDOT: Water in Wallace Tunnel No Problem

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Mobile, AL -

You can see it when driving westbound, on the west end of the George Wallace Tunnel, on the north side - water cascading down the wall with a large stain and puddle.

The problem is the seal between two large concrete portions….

"It's just a rubber gasket that needs to be repaired," said Vince Calametti, engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation. "Actually this location did the same thing last year but it kind of sealed itself and we didn't have to do a repair."

It fixed itself because the concrete expands in warmer weather, tightening the seal.

But now it's May. The weather's warm, and so it looks like the seal will have to be replaced.

Calametti says his office got lots of e-mails and calls after the barge explosion last week on the Mobile River. People wondered if the concussion had cracked the tunnel. Calametti, though, says the explosion has nothing to do with the current situation.

"After that incident we had our certified bridge inspectors come out and review not only this location but throughout the tunnel," said Calametti. "We did not notice anything."

Calametti says the leak is ground water, not river water.

Repairs should begin in a couple of weeks.

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