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Gadsden County bridge rehabilitation takes its toll

Posted at 7:24 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:24:12-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Two culverts and a bridge in Gadsden County are blocked off and in desperate need of repairs.

It's definitely an inconvenience for a lot of people. Many say they use the route everyday.

Crews have already piled the dirt on each side to stop people from passing through. Despite this, everybody admits it's better to wait it out and be safe.

Phylis Robinson says she loves it under Little River Bridge.

"Sure gonna show you how I do it," Robinson said.

For her, it's a relaxing past-time, and one she usually enjoys three days a week.

"I come out here to pull on some catfish and brims," said Robinson. "I've been doing this all my life with my mama and daddy. Now me and my other friends come out here, talk and carry on."

That's why when she saw these signs, she didn't take it well.

"Heartbreaking," Robinson said. "I mean, hey, everybody travel on this road to go to work and come back."

For others, like Cesenia Lawson, who has lived in Midway more than 20 years, it's a ritual route.

"This road was an easy road to go grocery shopping," said Lawson. "But, now I have to go up 90, so it's going to be a little inconvenience because I take my kids to school this way, too. Now we have to go on 90."

Other places in the county are facing similar issues.

The Juniper Creek bridge was found unsafe last August. Those repairs should be done by May.

People there won't see a passable route at Hutchinson Ferry until October, at the earliest.

Wear and tear from relief trucks after Hurricane Michael destroyed the route.

With no end to construction in sight for Little River, people say the silver lining is safety.

"I've been going over it for a lot of years. I didn't even know it was messed up."

"Safety is first. We love shortcuts and we love going fishing, but let's worry about safety first and get the big bridge fixed and everything"

Decatur County EMA is offering Sandbags for anyone affected by river flooding.

They can be picked up at the Decatur County Correctional Facility on Butler Ferry Road.

The limit is 25 per household.