Residents Upset with Slow Progress on Big Sandy Bridge

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This weekend marks the two-year anniversary of the June 2016 flood, that wiped away homes, cars, other personal belongings, and memories.

For seventeen families living along the Big Sandy River, appreciative of the revitalization to areas affected by the flood, but upset and frustrated that they haven’t seen the improvements needed for one bridge they use to get them from point A to point B.

The bridge suffers severe rusting, the piping disintegrating as the video shows. Just walking across it, you can feel it move and hear it creek. Some families have taken action by continuously calling public officials, demanding answers.

“We were told it would be in February when we get a bridge finished in Clay County. Then they said ‘oh it will be in the spring.’ Then they said it’ll be in the summer. Now they’re telling us two years, and the bridge isn’t going to last two years. There’s no way,” said Beverly Dye, a resident who is upset with the slow-coming progress.

Their questions continue to go unanswered, except for one proposal sent specifically to resident Sheila Murdock.

“They sent us a letter stating that they weren’t going to do it because it’s a 128 foot structure, but we also have property on the other end of the property that we can build a bridge that has a smaller spand, if that would be something they’d be interested in doing.”

Most families supportive of the idea, however, the letter was the last contact they had with anyone on trying to get the plan into action.

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