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Bridge closed in Winona
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Oct 31, 2013 | 56 views | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINONA - The City of Winona is currently looking for grant funding to replace a bridge on Industrial Park Road which connects Highway 407 and Locust Street.

According to Mayor Jerry Flowers, the bridge had deteriorated from age and use, and it was determined to close the bridge to traffic until it could be replaced.

"It will cost between $75,000 and $100,000 to replace the bridge," Flowers said. "We are looking for grant money."

Flowers said Winona Street Superintendent Andy McCorkle noticed the bridge sinking on one side, and the decision to close the bridge was made for public safety. He explained that due to the abundance of water that travels through the drainage ditch below the bridge, it would be impossible to replace the bridge with a large culvert.

Three businesses -- Acy Mechanical, Mississippi Department of Transportation, and the Flowers Baking Company --are located on Industrial Park Road, and the bridge closing affects the 65 employees and delivery services to those businesses, as well as residents living nearby.

"Tractor trailer trucks are now entering from Greensboro," Flowers said.

The Board of Aldermen met in a special-called meeting Wednesday to discuss the bridge replacement. However, the meeting was not concluded by press time.
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