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County to replace bridge

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The one lane cement and rebar bridge is a tight squeeze for one car. The Humphrey-Ford Bridge is 318-feet long and has cracks through it. Fulton County Judge Charles Willett said it will cost $2 million to replace it. Photo by Emily McIntosh
The Fulton County Quorum Court held their monthly meeting Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. During the meeting the court discussed replacing an old bridge.

Fulton County Judge Charles Willett announced that he has been meeting with state representatives to replace a bridge in the Fulton County side of Hardy known as the Humphrey-Ford Bridge. The bridge has one-lane and a span of 318 feet. "This bridge is worse than the Pickern Hall Bridge was," Darrel Zimmer, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator of Fulton County said.

Willett said he is looking for financial aid from the state to help put a new bridge in. "We have to put $10,000 up front," Willett said. The money is to pay the state highway department for hydrology studies. Willett said the county is looking at a $2 million project for replacing the bridge. He said the county would pay for 2 percent, the government would pay 80 percent and the state would pay for 18 percent of the project.

The court agreed to give the state the money to get aid to replace the old bridge.

In other business, the court passed a resolution to apply for a grant to build a walking trail around the developing sports complex on Highway 9 just below the hospital.

The cost of moving the District Court Office across the street next to the Salem Bakery was also discussed. The cost was $8,612.30. The money was used to buy computers and new desks and furniture. The court agreed to appropriate the money from the District Court automation fund to County General.

The court also agreed to appropriate $2,729.18 for a Hazmat grant. The use for the grant is undetermined.

A city truck needs to have some work done on it and the court agreed to appropriate $1,100.25 for the repairs.

The court then previewed the 2009 budget request for the county. In the next monthly quorum court meeting Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., the court will vote whether to pass the proposed budget.

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