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Lafayette bridge project will disrupt many events

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 8:35 am

LAFAYETTE — The large pedestrian bridge over the Wabash River at downtown Lafayette won't be hosting any public events next year as it undergoes repair work.

The mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette said Tuesday that the construction work will limit access to the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge and a nearby pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks running along the river.

The Journal & Courier reports The Taste of Tippecanoe, Boiler Bridge Walks, Latino Fest, July 4 fireworks and Hunger Hike are among the annual events affected.

Project engineer Stew Kline says a pathway will be kept open on the Myers bridge while contractors repair pavers, install safer hand railings and protect the piers from floodwater erosion. The bridge over the railroad tracks will be closed for about six weeks.