New Harmony Bridge toll booth vandalized

New Harmony Bridge toll booth vandalized

WHITE CO., IL (WFIE) - There's a disturbing scene in White County, Illinois at one end of the New Harmony Bridge, and that means those working to re-open the bridge are facing another setback.

Both White County and Posey County officials, along with grassroots groups like Citizens for Re-opening the Harmony Way Bridge, are working to get the New Harmony Bridge re-opened and have been for years.

It's a battle because of money.

Now, there's a new problem at the old toll booth on the Crossville, Illinois side - vandalism.

Officials say it's the worst they've ever seen it.

Almost anything and everything that could be broken is, from shattered windows and lights, to cracked doorways and giant graffiti.

The White County sheriff says he's upping patrols, which is comforting for those who hope to fix the bridge, like the Posey County commissioners.

However, they say added patrols or not, this damage looks costly, and that's a complication.

"Any time people tear up stuff like that, it costs a lot of dollars to replace it," Posey County Commissioner Jerry Walden says. "Makes me sad that we've got people that want to do that, that destroy things in public, and it just makes you almost want to cry when you work so hard, cities, counties, to make the community better and then somebody comes along and knocks it down, you know."

Right now, officials say it's not clear who currently owns the bridge. The Posey County commissioners had planned to purchase it, but haven't.

That means there's no way to know when, or if, the bridge that connects Indiana to Illinois will re-open.

In the meantime, if you know anything about the toll booth vandalism, you're asked to call the sheriff's office.

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