MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Some senior citizens are fed up with the Grant Street Bridge closure and they hope protesting will get the answers and action they want.
The Grant Street Bridge closed to traffic over a year ago and it’s been a pain for many residents ever since.
“We’ve got veterans, we’ve got the elderly and there’s people that have a problem getting back-and-forth here,” said protestor Willie B. Perry Jr. “Even when our kid comes to visit, they don’t know how to get in from any other direction.”
“That’s the least they could do is fix our bridge,” said Rebecca Perry. “They own part of the bridge. Some say it’s their part that needs fixed, some say it’s the city’s part. Whoever’s it is, they should fix it.”
For the past month, several residents from the north and east ends of the city say they’ve felt forgotten.
“It was in the paper that the railroad was supposed to meet with the city,” said Willie. “We read the paper this morning and there’s nothing in there, so we don’t know what’s going on. We don’t know if they’re talking or what. All we want them to do is…tell us what they’re going to do.”
All the protesters out on Friday were over 60 years old. They say it’s mainly senior citizens like themselves who are suffering.
“I have an elderly [neighbor] who’s been sick,” said Rebecca. “She had to have a rescue squad come pick her up. It’s also affecting the children with the school kids that used to come across this bridge.”
Friday’s was just one of many protests they’ve held. They plan to be out for many more until something changes.