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Safety of Woodrow Wilson Ave. bridge questioned

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) 3 On Your Side received anonymous complaints about the safety of the bridge over the railroad tracks on Woodrow Wilson Avenue in Jackson. They said chunks of concrete had fallen near railroad personnel working under the structure.

Pieces of concrete that had come loose and fallen were visible. A car  hit the bridge railing causing pieces of the bridge to fall and it has not been repaired.  

The wall at the east end of the bridge has shifted several inches and cracked. The Canadian National Railroad had contacted the city about the safety of the bridge. City public works director Dan says the city has had an engineer inspect the bridge and it is safe. 

"It had some concrete come down.  I guess, two or three weeks ago, we had a report on concrete coming down. Since that time, the city went out and hired an inspector to look at the bridge and make an evaluation. Again the county did inspect this bridge in ‘10. It is on a yearly inspection cycle, we reaffirmed that by bringing in the consultant, based on what he was saying, yeah the bridge is old, it is 70 years old and it does need some work, a little maintenance."

The bridge was built in 1940.

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