Saturday, August 07, 2010

Greenville Bridge Opens

Courtesy of MDOT:

U.S. Highway 82 Mississippi River Bridge near Greenville is now Opened to Traffic

JACKSON, MISS., Wednesday, August 4, 2010---With the U.S. Highway 82 Mississippi River Bridge Dedication Ceremony held last week, motorists will be happy to know that the bridge opened to traffic today, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials.

The U.S. Highway 82 Mississippi River Bridge opened to traffic today around 5:30 p.m. The four-lane bridge, which links Mississippi and Arkansas, replaces a narrow 1940 structure 2,800 feet upstream. Each travel lane on the new bridge is 12 feet wide, and the bridge includes 12-foot outside shoulders and 8-foot inside shoulders to enhance safety and traffic flow. The structure connects the Mississippi Delta to Interstate 55 and other four-lane highways such as U.S. Highway 61 and U.S. Highway 65 in Arkansas.

While the bridge has opened to traffic, MDOT urges motorists to be advised that crews will be working on the bridge making last minute improvements. Please slow down and pay close attention to crews, signage and equipment in the area. As always, when approaching a work zone, please reduce your speed.

It's about time! It was supposed to open last week (they even held a ribbon cutting), but as of Friday, it still wasn't open. Near as I can tell, MDOT wanted to repave US 82 up to the edge of the old bridge before the new one opened. 

At least I got some more photos of the old bridge and a few of the new one:

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