Residents Complain about Bridge

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Residents in northeast Lauderdale County say they're unhappy with the progress on a bridge on Antioch Road.

Jerry Gordon said residents were told repairs would take 6 to 8 weeks. Then, three and a half months later, he says the bridge still isn't finished and the work so far has not been well done.

"My question is why did they take the mud out of the ditch and put it on top of the bridge. I can't understand that. It's tax dollars wasted," said Gordon.

"The mud made it sink. No one could get through," said Perressa Ramsey. "They had friends and neighbors pulling each other out as we tried to travel across this bridge."

County engineer Neal Carson declined an on-camera interview, but said over the phone that the contractor must finish his part of the project first, before the county can do repaving. Carson said rainy weather has interfered with the contractor's timetable.


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  • by ANONYMOUS on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    Charlie Johnson rd intercects Antioch Rd and it is a paved rd, but it has sections on it where the pavement has been removed from it in 2 places and it has been that way for over 2 yrs as well. Other rds like Jim Hill, Lauderdale Lizelia has been repaved under similar circumstances in a lot shorter timeframe. What's the difference? Where are you Mr. Wayman Newell, District # 2 Supervisor?
  • by ed on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:50 PM
    Well tell you Miss. has a law cant hold them responsible rule.. found out when the country screwed up a road didnt put signs up not filled in the road right.. landed up taking out lower control arm and other part.. called them up gave papers and all few days later the insurance company called said they are not responsible unless i can prove they revived a few calls lest 48 hrs the road before my mishap... yeah right.. as far as the bridge goes.. and roads... few times has this country hired people that did work that knew what they were doing as proof the roads fall apart.. but then the county in the last few years has been run as bad as the city was .. think its about time to toss the county elected out as well..
  • by Blame it on the rain on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    Rain does play a factor in construction...............howEVER....it has NOT been raining for 90 straight days (aprox 3 months)...........and oh yes, THATS been "documented" too.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Do you people not realize how much it's been raining over the last couple of months? I haven't even been able to cut my grass because my backyard has stayed saturated. I can only imagine what kind of trouble bridge building would be in those conditions. And no, Mr. Gordon, no one put mud on the bridge. You do realize it rained a couple of days ago... right? You know. mud is caused by rain. Just sayin'.
  • by Bob on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Mr. Gordon, no one put mud on the bridge. It rained Saturday. What you saw happens with ongoing construction...till it's finished. I don't know if the contractor is doing all that he should or not. BUT I do know we have had a LOT of rain in the past few months. Nothing the contractor or the county can do about that. The county had the gravel put down to HELP residents because it RAINED and there is more TRAVEL during holiday times. None of the residents have to be happy about this, but be real about expectations. The RAIN is documented and you cannot do this type of work when it's raining or there's mud sliding all over the place.
  • by AreYouKiddinMe on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    (continuation)....Now that the holidays are near YOU (Mr Engineer) says there needs to be a QUICK FIX to the problem. Unless YOU do NOT want things done right theres no such THING as a QUICK FIX..Get the mud off the bridge and put it where it needs to be. DO YOUR JOB!
  • by AreYouKiddinMe on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    WHAT?!?!? Did you hear what I heard?? According to WTOK live at 5 Neal Carson (by PHONE) said there needs to be a "quick fix" to the bridge in time for the holidays......A "QUICK FIX"? How CRAZY are you in THINKING that a QUICK FIX is needed before the holidays? You've had AMPLE amount of time to correct that bridge and to now say that a QUICK fix is needed before the holidays is just plain RIDICULOUS. The people who use that bridge want it done and want it done RIGHT. If you try to QUICK FIX the bridge before the holidays then you are asking for even WORSE situations to occur. How DARE you speak about a QUICK FIX. I do not use that bridge, in fact, have no idea where its at but Im speaking for the people who do uses that bridge because this day and age we ALL need to stick together against this kind of craziness. Who knows, one day I just may use that bridge and dog gonnit, I want it done RIGHT. You proposed a time to have the bridge done and its not done yet.
  • by kim Location: lauderdale co. on Nov 24, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    I think the contractors should have done it right in the first place. The crew ran by Charlie Mathis is trying to fix the problem. People should stop complaing and let the experienced employees in his crew have the time to solve the problem.This is a process that does take time and patience.
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