Repair work begins on Manhattan Road bridge - - Jackson, MS

Repair work begins on Manhattan Road bridge

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After more than a year of waiting, work has finally began on the Manhattan Road bridge in north Jackson.

Cranes are set up and crews are working on the structure. 

The city says it will cost about $600,000 to fix the unsafe bridge.

The bridge was closed in August 2011 because of safety concerns.

Securing the funding to fix the bridge has kept it closed for 13 months, according to a Jackson spokesman.

Fresh Start Christian Church Pastor James L. Henley Jr. says the bridge closing has been a big hindrance and safety concern in the neighborhood.

"The scary part is you still had kids walking across that bridge. You had cyclist riding across that bridge, up until the point they actually brought those cranes in earlier this week," explained Henley.

Construction is expected to be complete in about 40 days.

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