According to Corley, the bridge on County Road 430, east of Vaiden, is now safe for travel, but not for trucks like 18-wheelers and log trucks.
Corley said he’s thankful that the bridge has reopened, knowing what could have happened.
“It’s crossable now, and I’m glad it has reopened,” Corley said. “I want to thank everyone for their interest, concern, and most of all their patience.”
It took a special-called meeting from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to vote for an emergency road closure on that portion of CR 430, approximately five miles east of town. County Road 430 is also a shortcut used by many motorists to U.S. Highway 82, Kilmichael, and Choctaw County. On June 13 county engineers informed the board that bridge had fallen into disrepair.
Engineers said with garbage trucks, buses and heavy crossing traffic, something had to be done.
Corley said of the 56-foot long bridge, he feared someone would get seriously injured, or even die, if the bridge was not fixed.
Progress on the bridge was slowed a week after work began when equipment belonging to Double S Construction was vandalized at the site. A crane, a mini-track hoe, lumber and barricades, used to prevent motorists from crossing, and bridge construction were all damaged. No arrests have been made in the case.
Corley said crews remain at the site of the bridge, and he wants to remind motorists to be careful when approaching the bridge.
“Crews will be out there for few more days, so I’m advising drivers to be careful,” Corley said. “It could be one - lane at times.”