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November 13, 2007

Lee County--  A tough decision for Lee County commissioners--Save money and keep citizens safe in the future or shell out more cash to make them safe sooner.  

Three dangerous bridges will be repaired soon. The DOT lowered the weight limits on the bridges on Palmyra and Pinewood Roads after low inspection scores. School buses and some emergency vehicles can't even cross the bridges now and have to detour into Terrell County.

Tuesday night, Lee County commissioners voted to spend $165,000 in sales tax money for the necessary repairs. They could have saved $70,000 if they applied for help from the state but that process could have taken as long as a year.

"They can't at this particular time go over these bridges until they are repaired and I think it's of the essence, it's important that we do this immediately," said Commissioner Ed Duffy.

The next step is bidding the project out to construction companies.

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