LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Many locals see the bridge as a historic landmark, Lauderdale County has deemed it a liability and now its days are numbered.
Charred decking and railings that are missing are just some of the reasons the Lauderdale County Commission gave the go ahead to tear-down ‘Ghost Bridge’ that spans Cypress Creek along county road 282.
Built in 1912, commissioners say the bridge that closed in 1999 served its purpose.
With the chance of someone getting injured on the bridge, Commissioner Fay Parker says the liability is just too high to keep it around.
“The bridge itself has deteriorated to the point that it could never be restored,” said Parker. “With that being said, I don’t think we had a choice but to take it down.”
For years, Commissioner Parker says illegal activities on the bridge have aggravated the residents who live near-by.
Parker says by tearing the bridge down, hopefully the criminal element will go away, “People that knew about it, and had been out there before and had done things, illegal things or whatever, they were going to continue doing it.”
That in turn Parker says, will free up law enforcement to work more pressing situations through-out the county.
A contract has already been signed with a contractor to tear the bridge down, no word yet when that will take place.