Local bridge project atop state representative’s wish list

Local bridge project atop state representative’s wish list
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
State Rep. Bill Sander-son’s legislative agenda includes a trio of road projects in Obion County, and next week he will get the chance to show state Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer each of those three projects.
Schroer and members of his staff will visit Kenton City Hall about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday before beginning their tour of Highway 45 West. The delegation will then travel westward to Obion for a meeting set for 10:30 a.m. at the Obion Community Center.
Schroer will meet with city officials briefly at the center before traveling to the north end of the Obion-Trimble bridge. That bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic after being deemed unsafe by state officials in early 1989.
It was shortly after the collapse of a bridge over the Hatchie River that spring that state officials checked the integrity of the Obion-Trimble bridge and then shut it down. Ever since, local officials have been working to get the bridge reopened.
“One of my priorities is to have the Trimble-Obion bridge reopened,” Sanderson told The Messenger Tuesday.
Sanderson’s legislative office is located in the same suite as state Rep. Phillip Johnson, R-Pegram, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
“We need to get that road reopened up in Obion County,” Sanderson said. “That is my mission. I’m determined. My ears are pinned back and we’re going to get that road reopened back up.”
The Obion-Trimble bridge is one of three road projects Sanderson is focused on as he looks ahead to his second legislative session.
In addition to the road between Obion and Trimble, Sanderson said he will show Schroer and his staff Highway 45 West and the I-69 route through Obion County.
“My dream is to see the completion of Highway 45W and I-69 in Obion County,” Sanderson said.
Schroer’s visit to Obion County is being made at Sanderson’s specific request.
At Monday night’s Obion City Council meeting, the commissioner’s visit was announced by Obion businessman Allen Jordan and council members encouraged one another to push for a big turnout at the meeting.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.10.11

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