Grant awarded to organization dedicated to saving Comer Bridge

Northeast Alabama
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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — An organization dedicated to saving the B.B. Comer Bridge in Jackson County is getting a preservation grant to help fund an economic impact study.

Comer Bridge Foundation officials say the grant to will help support the organization’s pursuit of an independent economic impact study. The grant is for $5,000. The organization says an extra $5,000 must be raised to hire a Troy University official to complete the study.

“We have determined that such a study is essential to show local citizens and governmental bodies how much the bridge can bring to the area, which in turn will help NSRGA/CBF gain eventual ownership of the bridge and prevent the bridge’s demolition. The timeline for demolition is not as tight as we anticipated, and we have time to explore how to lessen risks while growing the rewards of keeping the bridge intact,” Comer Bridge Foundation President Charles Holderfield says.

The efforts are moving forward to raise the remaining funds needed for the study.

Several weeks ago the organization went to the Scottsboro City Council to bring up the idea of forming a tourism authority, which would include the bridge.

The council voted down the authority.

The State told the group it needs an entity like the county or city to be able to save the bridge.

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