PORTSMOUTH -- Portsmouth wants your input on plans to replace the Churchland Bridge.

The meeting will be held tonight at the Churchland Public Library on High Street West from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The Churchland Bridge project will replace the northbound lanes of the bridge on High Street over the Western branch of the Elizabeth River.

The original structure, built more than 50 years ago, is structurally deficient and has become a grave public safety concern, city officials told

Officials expect the bridge will get more traffic because drivers will use as a way of avoiding tolls on the Martin Luther King Expressway.

The $29 million project is part of VDOT's six-year improvement initiative.

A construction timeline has yet to be determined.

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