Tribute to BB Comer Bridge

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About This Kool Project

UPDATE:

May 2016 the battle was lost to save this beautiful bridge and demolition began by taking down sections.  On June 7 blasting of the bridge commenced. This is now a history page and our story in trying to save the BB Cormer Bridge.

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The Friends of B.B. Comer Bridge and Comer Bridge Foundation continue the struggle to save a very large cantilever through truss over the Tennessee River near Scottsboro, Alabama. They have worked diligently against a bureaucracy that seeminly encouraged their efforts while changing the rules and the goal posts whenever they came close. Most recently the Director of the Alabama DOT decided (against all legal statutes) that the owner of the bridge must be a governmental entity. That, after a year, where that wasn't on the table, or the $5,000,000 dollars in a bank account that they requested before they requested a governmental entity. Here is a project to watch folks, becasue it is typical of what goes on in these United States of America every day. 

Rather than fold after the City Council decided to ramrod a vote through the chamber to deny establishing an authority (even when they knew a grant was being applied for to the National Trust for Historic Places for an economic impact study), the Comer Bridge Foundation is now actively fundraising to fight back. 

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The Comer Bridge was a tough loss for the Comer Bridge Foundation and others that just didn't get it at the time. It will, however, showcase a preservation path from this wonderful Warren Cantilever Thru Truss project for other cities that have these iconic bridges. Hoping that they will find success in starting early, engaging both the public and private sectors. These bridges can be utilized for people crossings, we just need the vision to understand the future, and the strength to understand that life is all about risk. We mitigated the risk for Scottsboro and Jackson County, but they couldn't see the positive economic benefits or capitalize on them. It's a true shame for the folks down there.  Julie Bowers August 2016

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