Plans To Save Comer Bridge Take Positive Steps

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The group dedicated to saving Comer Bridge in Jackson County is one step closer to its goal.

The Comer Bridge Foundation has been working to save the decades-old bridge for the last several months. The latest step was meeting with all the different entities involved in the process.

Thursday morning the group met with representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Mayor of Scottsboro, Jackson County Commissioners, and the company contracted to demolish the bridge.

A out-of-state non-profit is helping the foundation in this process. With that group’s help, the Comer Bridge Foundation hopes to buy the bridge from the Alabama Department of Transportation. Representatives from the department told the foundation they are on board with their plans, as long as the foundation can meet certain criteria outlined for such decisions.

Part of that criteria is that the foundation must show they can fund the upkeep of the bridge and maintain the historic value of the site.

The company contracted to demolish the bridge told the foundation they are on board for further discussion.

The city council says they are as well, provided the foundation outlines their expectations and presents that to the council for discussion.

Comer Bridge Foundation leaders say they do have a deadline for this process to be concrete. They say the very early stages of demolition are scheduled for early summer of next year at the latest, and the foundation says they do not want anything hanging in the air that could hinder the demolition company’s progress.


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