The B.B. Comer Bridge officially opened on August 2, 1930. On September 29. 1936, the tolls were lifted,the bridge could be crossed without cost.
The B.B. Comer Bridge is the last of the 15 memorial toll bridges -- the other 14 have been demolished.
WWIC interview: http://radio.securenetsystems.net/radio_player_large.cfm?stationCallSign=WWIC-OD
Part 2 VIDEO
FIRST, THERE MUST BE VISION AND A PLAN
VISION or DESTRUCTION Is this how the community wishes to remember this great icon of progress built during the Great Depression?
Maybe the greatest question for our community - do we have VISION? Without vision, our community begins to die. Look around the square in Scottsboro, there is a distinct lack of vision. This was not always true as there was a wonderful plan for the revitalization of the downtown area. The vision was lost, planning was cast aside for immediate gratification. Now the downtown area suffers from urban blight. It does not have to be this way!
Planners and those responsible for economic development have lost their vision. Instead, our economic developers have depended on projects such as the TVA nuclear plant at Bellefonte for our future. They have became complacent and short sighted. Our industrial parks remain empty, no vision except for personal gain of a very few.
If the bridge is to be saved there must be a definitive business/financial plan brought forward demonstrating the sustainability of the bridge preservation effort over time. A developer or the state government must come forward to "save the bridge" if it is to be saved. The local county and city government cannot afford the project. Unfortunately, some politicians are not being honest with local citizens wanting to save the bridge, some politicians are obviously more concerned about their reelection and their personal vanity. What is the answer? Vision - Planning and Financing, vision must come first.
Or is this the VISION?