- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Crews in West Virginia’s capital city began placing a 44,000-pound (19,958-kilogram) metal bridge as part of a $32 million renovation project to a downtown library branch.

The skybridge, which will connect the third floor of the Kanawha County Public Library’s main branch to a Charleston parking garage, was delivered to the construction site Tuesday, news outlets reported.

“It was a very tangible and visible hallmark of the project,” WOWK-TV quoted Kanawha County Library Director Erika Connelly as saying.

A nearby road was closed as crews began lifting, placing and attaching the bridge as snow fell, the news outlet said.

The project, which will add 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters) to the original building, began in June and is set to be completed by early 2022.

Community rooms, new technology, an expanded children’s floor, a café and other features were also set to be added.

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