Jones Co. homeowners concerned over bridge closures

Jones Co. homeowners concerned over bridge closures
The Shorty Ekes Road bridge leads to eight homes and could soon be closed. (Photo source: WDAM)
The Shorty Ekes Road bridge leads to eight homes and could soon be closed. (Photo source: WDAM)

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Twenty-three bridges are expected to close in Jones County due to safety concerns after an order issued by Governor Phil Bryant.

23 bridges to close in Jones County

Bridges are expected to start closing on Monday, though there is no schedule for which bridges will be shut down.

Homeowners off Shorty Ekes Road in the Glade Community are up in arms after learning access to their homes may be cut off due to what officials are calling a bad bridge.

"I'm pretty concerned," homeowner Susan Rayner said. "I'm at the dead end and I have no other way in and out."

"Now, what if some of us have to go to the emergency room and they can't get an ambulance in here to pick us up and take us," said Jessie Thornton, who has lived on Shorty Ekes Road for 49 years.

The Shorty Ekes Road bridge leads to eight homes and could soon be closed, and homeowners are getting frustrated.

"I don't know why they are making a big issue out of it," Thornton said. "We haven't had any problems with the bridge."

Longtime resident Susan Rayner has crossed the bridge for 27 years. She's concerned how mail carriers, sanitation workers and homeowners will access their homes every day.

"I am concerned about my personal protection," Rayner said. "I am concerned about first responders being able to get to me and all of us on this road. Food, groceries. I just don't think this is reasonable. I think there are other ways to correct the problem."

Rayner said she was able to speak with the Jones County supervisor representing her area.

"I talked to Barry Saul yesterday, he told me that he was told to tell people at the dead end to figure it out and make a way," Rayner said. "Well, I don't think that's what my property taxes are paid for. All $1,900, $2,000 a year."

"Leave it like it is. It's not hurting anything," Thornton added.

We will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.