An open letter to Attorney General Greg Zoeller about bridge

To the editor:

This letter is from concerned citizens of Brown County, Indiana, and beyond our borders, and also the tourists who visit the many places to see and do in this part of the great state of Indiana.

I, as chairperson of Building Bridges grassroots organization, a peacekeeping grassroots organization based in Brown County, Indiana, and built on the foundation of God and the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, am concerned deeply, along with the aforementioned folks.

The immediate concern by all is the bridge in Morgantown, Indiana. I have personally visited this bridge on foot, talked with folks, took pictures of the bridge. This bridge is the gateway into Brown County and the gateway to Morgantown, Indiana, and beyond. It has been barricaded for a very, very long time — too long, without anything being done at all.

There are signs; however, folks themselves have provided handwritten instructions on how to do the go-around, so to speak, made lots of copies and passed them to anyone who wanted a copy. These copies were available at Brownie’s family restaurant for any and all to take. I have one in my car after personally getting lost on the detour, even with living here 24 years.

No one really knows for sure what is going on. I have heard two accounts that there is no one bidding on the project, so it is at a complete standstill. I have heard that the project will begin in August. I have heard that the project will begin in February 2017. We need to know what is going on. Why is it already barricaded now?

The school bus pulls up to the bridge and lets the children out, then the children walk across the bridge and go home. This is completely and totally unacceptable. As you can see from pictures, there is quite a drop from the bridge itself, not to mention there is water and all kinds — and I mean all kinds — of rock below: quite dangerous.

Brown County schools graduated today. This means more teenage drivers on the road. The weather is beginning to warm up, and it will get terribly hot in short order. With that, tempers can flare by some folks because of the frustration of the bridge being out, thus creating a true potential of driving too fast and reckless along with the folks who live on the normally peaceful roads of the go-around. We are thankful that at least so far, the heavy rains have held off, thus creating the potential for further disaster.

It comes down to this: what is going on with the Morgantown bridge? Everyone wants and needs to know. We are a peaceful community. We have a caring and compassionate community which extends hospitality to all who visit.

We are grateful for the work being done on the roads. This is very good for all concerned. That said, this bridge is dangerous for children; this bridge is bad for business; this bridge is causing heartache for residents who need to get to and from work; and this bridge is bad for tourists, whom we love.

Please advise on the truth of this matter. Again, we need to know what is going on, for how long and why. It surely seems to all of us that this bridge was barricaded a little too early. I mean, after all, if children are allowed on it, then how bad can it be?

Please look into this matter most speedily. Thank you, Attorney General Zoeller, for your immediate attention and assistance in this matter. We look forward to hearing from you very shortly.

Kathy A. Sepiol, chairperson, Building Bridges, Brown County

P.S. The dust created by this mess is in the category of “fugitive dust.”

P.S.S. This also affects CVS. Their big-rig delivery trucks cannot go through normal ways.

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