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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  • by rff Location: Meridian on Oct 5, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Did I read this right? the "unforseen problem" was that the water needed a drainage system to get it out from under the bridge? Did they really need the EPA to come in and tell them that? I agree that the bridge needs to be replaced, but please be ready to DO IT, and do it as quickly as possible when that is the only convenient way into the city from the interstate/22nd Avenue exit (which is the one most people use, of course)... Basically, I don't mind being put out and having to detour so that we can have a nicer looking city, but when it sits there a month with nothing done to it and, meanwhile, we are all detouring through the tunnel (which could use a facelift itself), who doesn't get griped?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    Before they finish the 22nd Ave bridge, the 26th Ave tunnel is going to fall on our heads. Have you seen all the cracks on every single column? I think it is funny that they have now spray painted them bright orange to get our attention. Guess that is Monty's way of warning us to use at our own risk. He is a J O K E ! Mayor Barry needs to look VERY VERY close at him.
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 30, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    shakes my head.. please the bridge was a joke... any other city state or county would have torn it down and rebuilt just to avoid the problems that has come up..but the old mayor wanted his name on the bridge look good at the tax payer expense... just like 3ft. and city hall... any engineer with a grain of salt to him would had told all get ride of it rebuild from the ground up... just because of age, stress and structure factors that had taken place...
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