Floodwaters shut down Colbert County bridge

The cost to fix February flooding damage is more than it's worth, the county's road engineer says.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 2:46 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2018 6:32 PM

A Colbert County bridge damaged by floodwater in February will probably not be repaired.

Colbert County road engineer John Bedford said Tuesday that King Bridge wasn't used much before the damage, and it's not feasible to repair it. His recommendation is to close it permanently.

Patsy Johnson said she sometimes used the bridge to get to her daughter's house.

"It's a shortcut for us, back and forth to her house," Johnson said. "We've even done four-wheelers back there."

Rocks are piled on the bridge to keep people from using the bridge. Bedford said floodwaters in February washed out the sides, making the bridge unsafe. The cost to fix it is an estimated $87,000, he said.

"It's an expensive undertaking to do it," he said. "It won't affect us like it would farmers, I'm assuming."

According to Bedford, about four vehicles used the bridge daily. He said the money could be used on other road projects.

Johnson said she understands wanting to close the bridge.

"You hate to see something that's been here that long go away but I understand the other part of it too," she said.

Bedford said he plans to recommend closing the bridge at an upcoming Colbert County Commission meeting.

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