Byram, Mississippi Swinging Bridge
The bridge before it was restored in 2013
The bridge after restoration
Backstory and Context
The bridge was constructed in 1905 and offered the first connection for vehicle traffic between Rankin County and Hinds County. After years of neglect, the bridge started to deteriorate and the wooden boards began to rot while the steel began to rust. The bridge was also covered in graffiti. In 2013 efforts were made to restore the bridge with the addition of safety rails, replacement of wooden boards, and the addition of lights and interpretative signage along with new paint.