Bridge Work Delayed

Work on what is known as Meridian's 22nd Avenue Bridge has come to a halt. Crews have not been busy there during the last week, because contractors ran into an unexpected problem.

Public Works Director Monty Jackson said what caused the delay sits on the two ends of the bridge. Four drainage structures must be rebuilt.

"The drainage structures were damaged more than anticipated from the initial inspection," said Jackson. "They're giving us some prices on rebuilding and we're trying to negotiate the correct price from the contractor. As soon as we get that ironed out, they'll proceed with the construction of the inlets."

Jackson says he's hopeful this will happen within the next week and the on-site work can resume.

Meanwhile, with the rebuilding of the drainage outlets expected to cost several thousand dollars and the renovations as a whole expected to cost roughly $1 million, Jackson says despite the delay, the project is still on track.

"There's no problem with being on track," said Jackson. "They're probably a little ahead of schedule right now. So, we're still looking at early December opening the bridge.":

The city said when the bridge was closed June 30, it would stay that way for six months.

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