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Need a bridge? MDOT can help

GREENVILLE — In accordance with federal regulations, the U.S. 82 bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Greenville is being made available to the public for relocation, preservation and maintenance at a new location.

The continuous steel through truss bridge was opened in 1940 and has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

A new bridge crossing the Mississippi is nearing completion and the old bridge must be removed in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Interested individuals or organizations may submit relocation and preservation proposals, which will be reviewed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Federal Highway Administration and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Proposals must include a plan for how the steel truss will be removed that is in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and permits, and include an allowable time interval for the removal of the bridge. Relocation of the approach sections is not mandatory.

If a relocation proposal is approved, MDOT will reimburse the recipient the relocation cost provided it does not exceed the estimated cost of the demolition as determined by MDOT. In addition, the transfer deed will include preservation covenants, which require the new owner to preserve and maintain the structure and its historically significant architectural elements in accordance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Interested parties should present a formal proposal by Aug. 14, 2009 to Kevin Magee, MDOT District Engineer, P.O. Box 630, Yazoo City, MS 39194 (662-746-2513).

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