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For many people around there, the bridge brings back a lot of memories. For many people around there, the bridge brings back a lot of memories.
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JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A group is fighting to save a bridge in Jackson County.

The county plans to demolish the B.B. Comer Bridge once its replacement is complete.

They are expected to hold a public hearing on the issue this summer.

For many people around there, the bridge brings back a lot of memories, and it's those memories they would like to see saved.

For the last few years, petitions have flowed to the state department of transportation to save the B.B. Comer Bridge from demolition.

State Representative John Robinson said saving the bridge will be the call of the transportation department.

The summer public hearing will let transportation officials explain how someone would have to take responsibility of the bridge while getting public input on the true interest of saving it.

The bridge is one of the last few remaining iron truss bridges built in the 1920's, which replaced ferry boats.

Robinson said there is just a lot of interest from some residents because it has special meaning.

"It's just a lot of people have been married on that bridge, there's been ceremonies of different kinds on there, and it's just sacred to a lot of people," he said.

For now, Robinson said the state remains focused on getting the new bridge completed. 

No date has yet been set for the public hearing.

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