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County, city to partner on cost of replacing old bridge

OLIVE BRANCH — DeSoto County plans to team with Olive Branch on a $600,000 project to replace an old timber-supported bridge on State Line Road over Johns Creek.

The Commercial Appeal reports that a consulting engineer working on the project says the bridge is one of DeSoto County’s last remaining timber bridges.

The county Board of Supervisors approved the arrangement Monday but will hold off on any work pending the city’s approval of joint action and cost-splitting. County road manager Andy Swims, noting municipal elections this week and in June, said the city also is waiting for the new administration to consider the matter.

Available to the county for the project are federal Surface Transportation Program funds funneled through the state.

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