Another Snafu in 22nd Avenue Bridge Project

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

There has been another surprising development in the renovation of Meridian's 22nd Avenue bridge project. The bridge is the main entrance into the downtown area.

Mayor Cheri Barry has called a special meeting of the city council for Dec. 28 to discuss some problems that have come up with the renovation project.

The issue will likely mean another delay of the reopening date, possibly by several months.

The bridge project passed by the former administration calls for the roads running parallel to the bridge to be closed. However, the city council never voted to close those roads.

Now city officials are facing several businesses who want to see them remain open.

Along with that, officials say closing the roads would back the project up by several months, as public hearings will have to be held. They say keeping the roads open will allow for the bridge to open sometime in February, depending on weather and the work flow.

Now the decision is up to the council. Members have to decide whether or not to close the roads.

The current administration was just recently notified of this error by the city attorney.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    this is a case we all are seeing the meaning of SWIFT by the old mayor council is See What I _______ Today.... JDL..
  • by Jay on Dec 24, 2009 at 01:51 AM
    Percy Meridian was S.N.A.F.U. a few years back now it's ________ If anyone doesn't know what that means it's German look it up. Why do we need a park/green space? We live in the country there is green everywhere. These delays are verging from stupidity to malicious.
  • by sharon Location: collinsville on Dec 23, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    they need to hurry up the fire deparment needs a way to get to the fires on that side of town and people have to get out of the house real early to get to there jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • by Bill Location: Johnson on Dec 23, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    All you have to say is try and figure have STUPID Meridian can get. it will be just like the do nothing wast of our money parking garage. WELCOM TO MERIDIAN
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 23, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    We had a smooth running city before, you could have fooled me. The can was just kicked far enough down the road for someone else to have to deal with.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    NAACP shut up sit down YOUR COLOR MAYOR made the mess out of this city in the time he was in power not once did you say anything all the blunders he made all this now is from his time so SHUT UP (( oh like BO because he is black he is allowed to be stupid and miss handle money)) am not one to go down this road.. but i am sick and tired of you and your leader making this a race issue one way or the other. and I still DEMAND an apology from him with the comments about the Jews.. and yet that sap hasnt said one word.. so he gets his blind fools to do his dirty work...
  • by Percy Location: meridian on Dec 23, 2009 at 02:22 AM
    S(ituation) N(ormal) A(ll) F(ouled)(?) U(p) Will this city ever learn how NOT to spend taxpayer finances on old, delapidated, firetrap structures and spend on road and bridge maintenance for taxpayer convenience? Another Berryville lack of planning; 1/2 done, 1/2 way by 1/2 wits.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 10:39 PM
    Bill Hammack was the city's former attorney. He was in the same firm as Mayor Barry's husband, Bourdeaux and Jones. But Rick Barry did not handle the city's business. He was and is the county's primary attorney.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 10:35 PM
    seems like we went from a smoth running city government with Jr to a rough one....New City attorney needs to sue the old city attorney but wait that woudl mean the mayors husband....Right?
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Dec 22, 2009 at 10:31 PM
    I have come to the conclusion that not only do the people of Sumter County, AL have mentally impaired people, i.e., idiots, running the show over there, but we have even bigger idiots running the show over here! As Anonymous said JUST FIX THE ------- BRIDGE! How can we expect them to rehab the Three Foot Building and not squander/lose millions of dollars of taxpayer money when they can't even rehab a bridge!?! MORONS!
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