$7.4M million Natchez Trace bridge completion expected by August

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TUPELO, Mississippi — A $7.4 million bridge on what will be called West Barnes Crossing Road across the Natchez Trace is expected to be open no later than early August, according to transportation officials.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1q8ulsD ) that the bridge is part of a loop to connect North Gloster Street and U.S. Highway 78 in Tupelo.

Tupelo officials will open the new road from North Gloster to Mount Vernon Road when the bridge is completed.

Mississippi Department of Transportation Jamie McDonald says work remaining on the bridge includes finishing guard rails, detailed concrete work on the approaches to the bridge and installing of erosion-controlling seed and sod.

Another bridge crossing U.S. 78 at Coley Road Extended is expected to be completed about six weeks after the Natchez Trace span.

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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