Bridge Work Begins Again

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Work has begun again on the 22nd Avenue bridge project in downtown Meridian.

That project had sat idle for several weeks because of some construction issues, with no work being done, and the bridge closed.

Work was idle for four weeks, and then there was a nearly two week rain delay. The bridge is the gateway to downtown Meridian.

"When you have a change order for something you didn't foresee in the project, you've got to have the money to do the work," said Public Works Director Monty Jackson.

The work has resumed, but Jackson says some additional work has to be done since the Environmental Protection Agency found some problems with the bridge.

"The original plans are still going through," Jackson said. "It's just that the under-drain system, that would drain any water that accumulated in the bridge approaches, needs to have a way to get out of there, and that's what is going to be installed."

Those problems have to be solved before the other part of the project can continue. But Jackson says the work appears to be on schedule

"I think we're still on schedule. It might get a little bit tighter because of the delay, but I think the work will go on very fast now as long as the rain will hold off," said Jackson.

The work is expect to be completed by the end of the year.

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