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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  • by Bryant Location: Meridian on Jun 17, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    it's a good start on making meridian look better
  • by Jerry Location: Valley Road, Meridian on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    John Robert is scratching and clawing to get everything he possibly can started before he leaves - as if some book about his legacy is being printed next month. Under that old addage of "let's finish what we started" JRS is leaving quite a mess for the next mayor. Selfish little mouse.
  • by Joseph Location: Taxville on Jun 16, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    The timing of this dedication is interesting. But it is only other people's money.
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