Two 'Stimulus' Projects Will Cause Inconvenience

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Beginning Monday, the 26th Avenue tunnel in Meridian, commonly called 'the subway', will close for eight months of renovations. It's likely to cause some headaches for drivers.

Not long after that, the 29th Avenue bridge, near Interstate 20/59, will also close.

The two projects are being paid for with federal stimulus dollars. City officials say they these are much needed improvements.

Crews will be making safety improvements to the 26th Avenue tunnel and replacing the 29th Avenue bridge that crosses Sowashee Creek.

The tunnel will close Mar. 22. It's expected to take about 8 months to complete. City officials say they couldn't afford to have the work done without the stimulus funds.

"We are going to put up some barricades to keep people from having access to lanes, put some fencing in to keep pedestrians away from the traffic flow, a soft nose on the front of the viaduct, so if someone does run into it, it will be more of a cushion than concrete," said public works director Monty Jackson.

There isn't a start date set for the bridge project yet. Once work begins, It's expected to take four months to complete.


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