Big Spring Residents Petitioning To Get Bridge Repaired 9/26/13
September 26th, 2013
A called the North Side Movement has been trying to get the Highway 87 bridge repaired for months. They say they wont stop until they get a new pedestrian walkway.
For north side residents the bridge is a lifeline, as it connects them to basic services like the post office.
"We need a grocery store, we need a pharmacy," said Junior Yanez, a member of the North Side Movement.
Many have to walk the bridge to get to those necessities and the steep grade of the bridge makes it virtually impossible for a wheel chair to climb. The North Side Movement says crossing the bridge is getting increasingly dangerous due to narrow, outdated sidewalks and heavier traffic.
"There's a gentleman that lives a block away form me, now he goes out of his way. Thereís three bridges here, he uses the third bridge now," Yanez said.
Today, as TXDOT began repairs to the sidewalk, the North Side Movement collected signatures for a petition for a pedestrian walkway. That proposal will then be sent to lawmakers in Austin.
"We are asking for the higher ups and state officials for funding because TXDOT is telling us that they donít have the funding," said Carmen Harbour, a Big Spring Councilwoman.
CBS 7 did speak with TXDOT as well. They said they can only provide so much funding and man power to various projects. However, they have plans to repair the sidewalk and stripping in the roads. TXDOT could not confirm if the bridge was ADA complaint.