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Residents Rally Against Closure of Clay County Bridge

Clay County

Clay County residents are speaking out against the closure of a bridge damaged during the June floods.

People rallied Sunday at the Camp Creek Bridge, voicing their displeasure about the closure.

Last month, the state Division of Highways announced that the 91-year-old bridge would be shut down to vehicle traffic, but remain open for foot traffic.

Officials said a special damage inspection was conducted in June, and significant deficiencies were found during a September inspection. The bridge has been on a 12-month inspection schedule since 2012 due to its deteriorating condition.

Residents say the closure inconveniences those who live across the bridge and have to park their cars along the road and walk to get home. They say the bridge is slick and dangerous when it rains.