- Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - One of two spans across the Mississippi River at Natchez will get fresh coat of paint.

Mississippi’s Southern District Transportation Commissioner, Tom King, says Louisiana and Mississippi will split the nearly $4 million that repainting the westbound span is projected to cost.

Natchez Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat that he wants to have the bridge repainted before January 2016 to mark the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding. Brown says he’s talking to the Federal Highway Administration about painting the bridge a different color than the current silvery-gray.

“Painted bridges are popular throughout America,” Brown said.

He said bridges are an art form, but he’s considering how the lights on the westbound bridge might interact with a new color.

The work is planned for next summer and lane closures are expected. Curtains will be hung on the bridge to protect cars and underneath to catch rust and paint removed.

“One of the reasons that bridge painting is so expensive - under environmental laws - we have to recapture everything that we scrape off the bridge,” Brown said.

The bridges carry U.S. 84 and U.S. 425 across the river, connecting Natchez and Vidalia, Louisiana. The westbound span is the northernmost of the pair of bridges, and is older than the eastbound span.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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