Alcorn residents urge county board to not reopen bridge

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Residents of Alcorn County Road 346 asked supervisors Monday to leave a long-closed bridge in their community dormant.
Brothers Samuel Wigginton and Matthew Wigginton, accompanied by Samuel Wigginton’s wife, told District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms, in whose district they live, that the bridge has been closed for about eight years and they have become accustomed to using a different route.
Their concern is that before the bridge’s closing, traffic along the road often included drivers who speeded through the area and posed a danger to the community’s residents.
The area now includes more than a dozen young children, Samuel Wigginton said, and residents fear for their safety if the route is reopened with installation of a new bridge.
Property owners in the past several weeks had noticed surveyors measuring and marking on the roadway and on private property, prompting them to make inquiries. They learned the county was planning to rebuild the bridge.
Nelms had told some community residents that he was receiving calls urging that the bridge be reopened, and there were funds in his budget to complete the work.
However, the Wiggintons said the individuals asking for the bridge to be reopened probably were drivers who used the route as a throughway and not people who lived on the road.
The alternate route drivers currently use would not impose a significant delay to emergency personnel who needed to access homes on C.R. 346, Samuel Wigginton said.
If the board decided to keep the bridge closed as the residents requested, the E-911 Office would be able to devise an alternate route for emergency responders, said E-911 Director Teresa Burns, who was present during the discussion.
The board took no action pending Nelms’ further discussion with community residents about the matter. Board attorney Bill Davis also will find out what legal options the Board of Supervisors has.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com