The initial phase of renovation to the 14th Street bridge is nearing its completion, according to Rick Jones, the director of Planning for Columbus.
Jones said the bridge will have the potential to host festivals and concerts with kiosks and rest areas available.
The bridge will be completed by late October, possibly early November. It won't, however, be open to the public. Once the bridge renovation is completed, they'll begin work on the approach from 14th Street. People won't be allowed on the bridge until the approach completion, which should be finished in April, Jones said. The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since 2000.
The planning director said the $5.2 million project is on schedule and budget.
The 14th Street bridge, also known as the Horace King Memorial Bridge, was built in 1922 by the B.H. Hardaway Construction Company.
Before the work began on the 14th Street bridge, it was being used as a walkway between Phenix City and Columbus.
Improvements being made to the bridge include a redeveloped bridge surface, sidewalks, reconstruction of the bridge footings and period specific lighting.
-- Stephanie Pedersen