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Swinging Bridge damage still not repaired

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It appears that the damage simply has not been repaired. It appears that the damage simply has not been repaired.
We also asked Supervisor Stokes about the overflowing trash cans on the bridge landing. We also asked Supervisor Stokes about the overflowing trash cans on the bridge landing.

In July, we first reported vandalism at the historic Byram Swinging Bridge. The damage had still not been repaired during our second report, in August. Today, nothing has changed.

Lights on the landings on both the Byram and Rankin County sides of the bridge are still knocked down with wires hanging out. There's also overflowing trash cans.

It doesn't appear that repairs have been made and vandals are striking again. It appears that the damage simply has not been repaired.

Hinds County is responsible for the bridge. Back in April, a restoration project began to convert the landmark into a pedestrian bridge.

Then, later in the year, the Board of Supervisors approved surveillance cameras to catch vandals at the bridge. The signs alerting people to surveillance cameras are there today.  But there are no cameras.

We asked District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes if the cameras were ever installed. The bridge is in his district.

"Not yet," said District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes. "The first phase (of the restoration project) was to make the necessary repairs. The second phase is to pave the parking lots, install the cameras, and make any other repairs that might be needed at the bridge. That process, the Public Works Director told me, might take anywhere from 3-6 months because you got to have MDOT approval."

We also asked Supervisor Stokes about the overflowing trash cans on the bridge landing.

"There's no excuse for not keeping it clean, especially if it's your responsibility," said Stokes. "We'll get with the public works director and maintenance to see why it's not being done."

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