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New Bridge Replaces Coastal Span Destroyed By Hurricane Katrina

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) _ Thousands of people on Mississippi's Gulf
Coast are celebrating the opening of a bridge that replaces one
destroyed by the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina.
The six lane bridge connects Biloxi and Ocean Springs. Two of
the six lanes are opening tonight.
With the bridge opening, the last of the broken links in coastal
U.S. 90 is restored.
In the aftermath of the storm, the cities on the opposite sides
of Biloxi Bay were fighting over the blueprints for a wider and
taller bridge than the one that was destroyed. Today, those
divisions are an afterthought -- or, as Biloxi's mayor puts it,
``water under the bridge.''
The mayor of Ocean Springs says she's pleased by some of the
features of the new bridge, including a bike path, see-through
railings, and decorative lights.


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