(Cleveland)- Temporary concrete barriers have been installed on all sides of the bridge on Gene Nix Road where two White County teens died a month ago. The safety around the bridge has become a controversial issue that has gained nationwide attention.
White County Commissioner Chairman Travis Turner advised Wednesday afternoon that the county had received the long awaited engineering study of the area and county road crews began placing the concrete barrier sections. Turner said County Public Works Director Terry Palmer met Wednesday afternoon with the guardrail company they work with to move this project forward.
The father of one of the teens, Shannon Hamilton was arrested Sunday when he attempted to place his own barriers at the bridge. Hamilton was charged with interference with government property.
Chairman Turner met with Hamilton at the bridge location after the barriers were in place to talk about the process they have taken and what they will be doing.
Hamilton told us after the two met, “It ‘s great to see that the community has been so supportive and see everyone come together to help push this cause and help prevent any other lives being lost at this creek. I’m very appreciative of that and I’m just thankful that they have finally been put in place.” He said, “ it is definitely a pro active approach to a deadly situation.”
Turner said, he felt the meeting he and Hamilton had was positive and he hopes it’s the first step to a healing process in this situation.