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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. 

Jun. 02, 2016

Crews blast part of historic B.B. Comer Bridge, process will continue in coming weeks.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - On Friday, crews demolished part of the historic B.B. Comer Bridge.  A portion was blown up at 3 p.m.

Crews stopped both roadway and river traffic due to this. Bystanders had to stay more than 1000 feet back for the blast, which shook the area and echoed over Sand Mountain.

"It's going to be going on through the summer. Probably through this month and into the next month," said Seth Burkett, Public Information spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The bridge will be taken down one section at a time. "Part of that is because of ... concerns about blocking the channels here," said Burkett.

The debris must be removed within 48 hours.

"After it's removed, parts of it that can be reclaimed will be reclaimed, salvaged," said Burkett.

There will be more blasting on June 8.

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