SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – No doubt if you’ve traveled in the Jackson County area the past several years, you’ve noticed a construction project. The opening of a bridge is so big, it brought Governor Bentley to Scottsboro.
While he was there, the governor was quick to defend his intention to stay in office.
Governor Bentley joined state and local officials in Scottsboro on Friday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the new Alabama 35 bridge.
“By opening this bridge it will improve safety and it also helps with economic development for this area,” Bentley said. “Infrastructure is so important to economic development, creating jobs, and that’s what we’ve been all about since we’ve been in office.”
The new bridge over the Tennessee River has been under construction since 2007. It cost $55 million to build. It stands next to an identical bridge completed years before.
“This new bridge, it will just help this part of the state tremendously and we’re really proud that we’ve finally gotten it completed,” said Bentley.
The new bridge replaces the B.B. Comer Bridge that opened in the 1930s. Citizens had fought to save the structure and make it a walking/biking trail. However, the county denied that plan.
There is a renewed momentum in Montgomery to pursue impeachment against Gov. Bentley. He told reporters Friday there is no basis for it.
“I want to really let the people of this part of the state, they know what I’ve done for them in this part of the state. I’ve never done anything illegal or unethical and I want to assure them of that,” Bentley said.
The new Alabama 35 bridge is now open to the public. The B.B. Comer Bridge will be slowly demolished.