Make use of old bridge

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 31, 2011

Why not transform the aging and difficult-to-maintain U.S. 80 bridge across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg into a walking, bicycle and possibly golf cart-type electric parkway?

Street-stall style shops and restaurants over the river would also be a good idea. This would seem the perfect addition to Vicksburg as a tourist attraction with the casinos, old city and the Vicksburg National Military Park.

The “Walk ‘Cross the River” would be, I believe, unique. As the old bridge continues in use with only rail traffic, it becomes more and more unsafe and expensive to maintain and will finally collapse. The Interstate 20 bridge is right beside it and very convenient to traffic on both sides of the river. Mississippi, let’s make lemonade out a rotting lemon.

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Ron Head