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Public Invited to Bridge Groundbreaking, Friday, November 2

October 25, 2001 - In September of 1940, more than five thousand citizens of Greenville-Lake Village gathered to dedicate their first US 82 Mississippi River Bridge. On Friday, November 2, 2001, people from both sides of the river will join again for the official groundbreaking of the 2005 bridge.

Officials from MDOT choose the location for the bridge groundbreaking. Pictured left to right are: Brad White, from MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall's office; Tracy Young, MDOT Public Affairs; F. Kent Jones, HNTB Corporation (project management); Walter Lyons, Engineer, MDOT District Three; Kevin Magee, MDOT Leland Project Office; Erik Arnold, MDOT Leland Project Office.

The ceremonies, set to begin at 2 p.m., will be held on the west bank of the Mississippi River just south of the existing bridge. A map showing the location is included in the official invitation.

The program will include:

  • Comments by local and
    state officials from Mississippi and Arkansas.
  • Presentation of colors by members of the Mississippi Army National Guard and the Eudora, Arkansas High School ROTC
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Hezekiah Brown, Chairman of the Washington County, Mississippi Economic Development Commission
  • Invocation by Pete Roncali, Chairman of the Greeenville Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee
  • The National Anthem sung by Guy Hovis, from U.S. Senator Trent Lott's office
  • Benediction by Reverend Richard Sommers, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greenville.

Other details are included in the official MDOT News Release, available on the What's Happening page. Photos of the groundbreaking ceremony will be posted on the web site in November.

In July of 2001, the contract for construction of the main cable-stayed span was awarded to Massman Construction Co., of Kansas City, Mo., and Traylor Brothers Inc., AJV, of Evansville, Ind., with the low bid of $110,826,530. Massman was also the contractor for the 1940 Greenville bridge.