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Bridge to nowhere joke of DeSoto County

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COLDWATER, Miss. (FOX13) -

In one of his less charming moments my grandpa once told me: "Good intentions can sometimes be the mother's milk for fools."

Yeah, he could be cranky sometimes.

But, what else could explain the reasoning behind a construction project in Coldwater, Miss., that veered so far off course it's become the joke of DeSoto County.

It's another day of sun-bathing at what's become two goats favorite spot. For they appear to be the only beneficiaries of another head-scratching example of government waste nestled in Lake Arkabutla Park in southern DeSoto County.

At a cost of more than $1 million, what's turned into the most expensive playground for goats in the county, is the bridge to nowhere.

Yes, Sarah Palin, you weren't the only one stuck with a useless bridge. DeSoto County resident Robert Wilson, says this tale of miscalculation began with a federal government stimulus check three years back earmarked for a dual project.

"It was a $3 million stimulus grant," he said. "It specified $1.5 million was to build a new office building for the (Army) Corp of Engineers. The other $1,5 million was earmarked for the bridge. As you can see, to nowhere.'

The original intent behind the two-year bridge construction had some merit. It would have been a part of a highway that would span a spillway that had often washed out a nearby road. But, critics noted maybe the bridge would have been more effective in a different location.

After all, the new construction was directly headed into private property. Between that obstacle and the fact the project ran out of money before it was finished - and a road and a bridge going nowhere.

Going nowhere either are those who are more than happy to point out, "I told you so."

"My understanding it is the Corp out here, out of this office, had to layoff 20 full time employees," Wilson said. "Those projects created a few jobs, like two years maybe."

As for the Army Corp. of Engineer's take on all this, FOX13 News was referred to their office in Vicksburg, but repeated calls went unanswered. So, FOX13 News can only hope finishing the road and making the bridge serviceable are somewhere on a list of priorities.

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