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Bridges still need repair, one almost complete

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By Bert Case - bio | email

HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - When we last showed you the Johnson Line Bridge, which straddles the Hinds-Madison County Line in rural north Hinds County, last August, it looked like this.

When we brought it to the attention of Hinds County Supervisor Doug Anderson, in whose district it is located, he promised it would be fixed soon, as soon as some holdups on right of way could be worked out and it should be open by this Spring. There was no work being done on a beautiful Friday when we looked at it again, but it is almost complete, so Anderson has kept his promise. We couldn't reach Anderson to talk about this bridge, or another one in the same area on Trotter Road.

Brownsville, Mississippi Fire Chief James Williams tells us the bridge on Trotter Road has been out about two years and it hurts his response times.

"It's real dangerous, we can't get around you know. You try to get there as fast as you can, but you are detoured you know, you try to hurry up but, it's dangerous to us to get there," Williams said.

It is clear the Trotter Road Bridge will have to be completely replaced. We asked Chief Williams what the county is telling him about why the bridge has been out so long.

"Ah, money is what I've heard, there, you know," Williams replied.

Because of this bridge being out, to get to a fire call in those trailers over there, the Brownsville Fire Department has to go seven miles out of it's way.

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