New 4-Lane Jimmie Davis Bridge Is Planned
The plan for the Jimmie Davis Bridge has changed considerably now that more funding is available. If given final approval during this legislative session, $100 million would be available for this bridge.
DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson tells KEEL News he is now planning to build an entirely new 4-lane bridge. The earlier plan was to build a new 2-lane span and refurbish the existing bridge. But Dr. Wilson says it will actually be quicker to build a brand new structure. He hopes to break ground within the next 2 years, but says that is completely up to the direction he gets from state lawmakers.
Dr. Wilson says the existing bridge could be turned into a bike/pedestrian bridge. But he says:
It could be retained as a linear park for walking, biking, etc, but it would need local sponsors. That is not something the state operates and maintains. We could participate in the establishment of such a park provided resources are available.
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