When Meridian's 22nd Avenue bridge first opened in the 1950s, the city celebrated with a parade.
There was no parade Tuesday when it reopened after months of repairs, but some celebrated in their own way.
Local merchants say the reopening couldn't have come soon enough.
Management at Captain D's Restaurant says business has suffered as many people had to go out of their way to eat there. But now many loyal customers are returning.
"We have a lot of customers. I've been here ten years and they are like family," said general manager Norma Skidmore. "And a lot of them we haven't seen and I'm hoping they will come back and be our regular customers again."
Captain D's had a message last fall that all they wanted for Christmas was their bridge back. Now they consider it a belated gift.
The bridge is named the James Melton Bridge, after a former local politician and businessman. But it quickly became known as the 22nd Avenue Bridge.
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