Natchez Plans to Restore Tollbooth Colonnades

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Natchez, Miss.
The city of Natchez is planning to restore its historic tollbooth colonnade with funding from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the city is expected to issue request for proposals for the project soon.

Brown says the project will involve replacing the columns of the colonnade, which was officially approved as a Mississippi landmark in January 2012.

Historic Natchez Foundation Executive Director Mimi Miller said the colonnades were erected in 1940 as part of the construction of the original Mississippi River bridge.

Miller says a tollbooth sat between the colonnades.

Brown says the restoration project has a substantial cost. He says the last estimate of the cost done several years ago was approximately $150,000, and only included repairs to the colonnade, not replacement.