Georgiana bridge dedicated to Norrell

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 19, 2002

On June 11, signs were erected at the railroad overpass on Alabama Highway 106 between I-65 and Alabama Highway 31, naming the bridge in honor of H. Grady Norrell.

Norrell was the president of G. W. Norrell Contracting Company, Inc., the company which constructed the bridge in the 1960s. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the company, which is named after his father.

Georgiana Mayor Lynn Watson said that Highway 106 and Old Highway 31 in Georgiana &uot;used to come through the middle of Georgiana.&uot; He said that Norrell was a contractor and his father owned the business and they were given the job of constructing the bridge on the bypass to be built from Old Ebenezer Road to Old Highway 31.

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Rep. Charles Newton of Greenville introduced a joint resolution to the Alabama Legislature, dedicating the bridge in honor of Norrell's 80th birthday. The resolution passed in April during the regular session of the Alabama Legislature.

Norrell has served nearly 60 years in the field of transportation construction and served as president of the Alabama Road Builders Association in 1968.

&uot;We think it's very nice,&uot; Charlie Norrell, wife of Grady Norrell, said.

She said they were notified of the dedication &uot;a couple of months ago&uot; but that &uot;he was unable to attend any kind of ceremony&uot; due to poor health.

She said he has been interested in transportation construction &uot;most of his life.&uot;

&uot;He has been affiliated with it since he was about 16 years old,&uot; she said. &uot;He's always been really interested and always liked that kind of business.&uot;

Watson said he was excited about the dedication of the bridge. &uot;The Norrell family has been a great part of the Georgiana family since long before I came here,&uot; he said. &uot;They've been a great part of our community.&uot;

The mayor said that naming the bridge after Norrell was an honor for him. &uot;It gives me honor to name it after Grady. His family has been a part of my community for years.&uot;

Norrell and his wife, Charlie, reside in Greenville.