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Completion of long overdue Kingshighway Bridge expected this month

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The Kingshighway Bridge in South City. Credit: KMOV The Kingshighway Bridge in South City. Credit: KMOV
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Demolition of the Kingshighway Bridge happened almost three years ago. Construction delays, weather and complications have put the project nearly a year past schedule but the city says they are putting the final touches on the South City bridge.

Rich Bradley, the President of the Board of Public Service says they are installing light fixtures and plan to finish in the next few weeks. Last week, the crews installed a large black chain link fence. It had many asking questions.

“Oh yeah, the cage,” said Dave Iannacone, referring the fence.

Many on social media asked why the city spent so much money and effort on the decorative concrete fencing to then top it with a chain link fence.

“At the end of the day we had to put up something to protect the businesses, we also had to protect the railroad, so even if we had been able to afford to put up ornamental fencing on top, you would have until had to add fencing behind it so items couldn’t pass through the fencing. It was the most economical,” said Bradley.

Bradley says the Kingshighway Bridge has been the most complicated project he’s work on his decades with the city.

But for all the complications, he said the project is only $150,000 over budget, saying that’s nothing when compared to the more than $21 million price tag.

The project was paid for using federal grants and the railroad paid for a portion of it. Bradley estimates the city will only pay around $250,000, including the over budget costs.

He says there will still be some lane closures as they put the last touches on the bridge, but not during rush hour.

“It will be great,” said Ianncone. “Ready to not to sit in 20 minutes of traffic to go half a mile.”

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