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Mayor Dismisses Notion That City Is Abandoning Efforts To Replace Washington St. Bridge

July 22nd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Despite some significant challenges- Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss said any notion that the city is planning on abandoning efforts to replace the Washington Street bridge is simply unfounded. While there is a relatively clear path for replacing the other closed bridges on the city’s West Side on Fayette and Cumberland streets-   Washington Street is a more complicated replacement because of the design parameters, historical requirements and the still uncertain funding picture.  During a general update on the bridges presented during the most recent city council meeting, city solicitor Michael Cohen presented a less than optimistic outlook for Washington Street’s closed bridge. Given the approvals necessary due to it being located in a designated historic district- finalizing funding and gaining approval could prove difficult……


Mayor Morriss agreed that there are obstacles- but none so great it would halt the effort to replace the bridge….


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