Work Starts Soon on 22nd Avenue Bridge

Work is set to begin later this month on one of Meridian's most prominent bridges.

City officials said Tuesday the upgrade work on the 22nd Avenue Bridge at Front Street is set to begin June 29. the project is a $1 million renovation.

Officials say the bridge is sound structurally, but needs some aesthetic improvements, since it is the gateway to downtown Meridian.

The project is to be paid for with bonds already issued, and will include repairing some sections of concrete, replacing the approaches on the north and south ends with new concrete and removing the old railings. New railings will be installed and the eight street lights that span the bridge will be replaced with antique lighting similar to that around the MSU Riley Center.

A ceremony to mark the beginning of work is set for June 25 at 9 a.m. on the north side of the structure.

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