Pssst. Hey Buddy. Wanna Buy a Bridge?

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VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — Usually if someone offers to sell you a bridge, the best advice is just to ignore them and keep on moving. But some folks in Vicksburg may just be inclined to kick the tires. Or the guardrails. A group of citizens in the river city has been clamoring to get the Warren County Supervisors, who own and maintain the old Mississippi River bridge to open it full time to pedestrians and bikers. So far the county has formally responded. But at a work session, Monday District 1 Supervisor John Arnold asked the question “What if we just decided to sell the bridge?” according to a report in yesterday’s Vicksburg Post. The county has been looking into how much extra liability insurance would cost if the bridge were permanently opened, and Arnold later said his musing about selling the bridge was spurred by the idea that the county could avoid the entire issue and let it be the responsibility of a new owner or group of investors. The 88-year-old bridge was closed when a new Interstate 20 bridge was built just to the south over safety concerns expressed by the Lousiana Department of Transportation. The bridge is still in use by the Kansas City Railroad.

 


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