Addisu Gebre, bridge systems engineer and project manager, said this is the first of two construction phases on the bridge. He said the second phase will begin in March 2013.
“Phase two will be the final phase,” Gebre said. “We are hoping that the whole project will be finished by July 15 or around mid-July next year.”
Because the bridge was built in 1919, the concrete base had deteriorated, according to the construction briefing, and the new bridge is intended to improve these faulty conditions by widening the bridge to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.
The total cost of the project is $5.2 million.