Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge Undergoes a Makeover

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - One of Alabama's, perhaps one of the nation's best known bridges is getting a new look.

The state Department of Transportion says work is underway to improve the appearance of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Workers will remove years of rust and repaint the famed structure, best known for its role in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

The bridge, now a key tourist attraction, was the site of "Bloody Sunday" when Alabama state troopers confronted hundreds of black activists who attempted to march to Montgomery in March 1965.

DOT officials said the project could take up to a year. The bridge was opened in 1940.

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