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Work begins on Byram's Swinging Bridge

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BYRAM, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An Old Swinging Bridge at Byram, across the pearl river, that brings back many memories for central Mississippians, is being completely rehabilitated, as a pedestrian bridge.

The bridge was originally built in 1905 connecting Hinds and Rankin Counties. It had to be closed to traffic in 1987 when it's five ton limit was exceeded by an 18 wheeler that weighed 37 tons.

The truck bent the superstructure and the driver was charged with destruction of public property. 

"It was placed on the national register of historic places in 1979," said Hinds County Public Works Director Carl Frelix. "And it is also considered a civil engineering landmark since 1987, by the American Society of Civil Engineers."

the cost of the rehabilitation is $550,000 and it is expected to be completed by July. The state department of transportation is paying most of the cost.

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