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.

Do you think the 22nd Avenue bridge project will be finished on time?

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  • by Anonymous 2 Location: Not Downtown on Aug 21, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    Don't worry Anonymous. The downtown alliance will whine and scream to the new administration until everything is made just right for them. One must remember, there is no life in Meridian outside the downtown.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    It is only money. If they city can put $14million into a hotel, surely they can find this money. Sales taxes down? We don't need no stinking sales taxes!
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    MMM what did they expect as old as it is.. one that would do it right would redo it all . not part but then what would been the excuse after they did it then had to go back to fix what they didnt at the start..
  • by Anonymous Location: Downtown Meridian on Aug 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Don't put John Robert's stamp on the end of the art deco pillars. Do something more historic. Logos go out of date too quickly. JRS's is well past its prime and usefulness.
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