Tenn-Tom span to become walkway

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus is moving ahead with the conversion of the old U.S. Highway 82 bridge across the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway into a pedestrian walkway.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the city voted this past week to advertise for bids on the project.

Officials have said the restoration of the bridge into a walkway will bring greater development to the island area to which the bridge leads.

It is a $2.5 million project. Columbus, Lowndes County and Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau are paying $233,000 each toward the project. The remainder comes from a Mississippi Department of Transportation grant.