Brown Bridge project moving forward

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The city is making one more step in the efforts to improve the Brown Avenue Bridge in Columbus.

Tuesday morning, city council approved a measure that will allow the project to move forward. The city has been unable to contact some of the holders and investors in property they wanted to acquire for the project.

Columbus City Council approved a request that the city pay the court system for the land and when contacted, investors will be able to collect the value of their property.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley said the project will help keep the community safe.

"It's not in the best condition for kids, school kids trying to walk across the bridge trying to make their way to Marshal Middle School," Hugley said. "It will be a brand new bridge. State-of-the-art. It will be something that we will all be proud of."

He explained it also poses a challenge for heavyweight vehicles trying to cross the bridge, and said construction could start later this fall.

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