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Photo feature: Despite weather, colonnade project nears halfway mark

Live Oak Construction employee Stacy Ferrington cuts a steel beam so that it will fit into place at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steel beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point.  (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction employee Stacy Ferrington cuts a steel beam so that it will fit into place at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steel beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction employee Stacy Ferrington welds a steel beam in place at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steel beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point.  (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction employee Stacy Ferrington welds a steel beam in place at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steel beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction employees Tony Cruse, left, and June Ford work to install steel beam in place at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steel beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point.  (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction employees Tony Cruse, left, and June Ford work to install steel beam in place at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steel beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction project foreman Von Manchester prepares a steel beam to be cut to the necessary specifications at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steal beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point.  (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Live Oak Construction project foreman Von Manchester prepares a steel beam to be cut to the necessary specifications at the historic Toll Plaza Colonnades. Constructions crews are replacing the rotted wooden beams with steal beams that will then be cased in wood. Crews are able to install two of the 50 beams a day. After experiencing setbacks due to weather throughout the winter, it is estimated that the project is nearing the halfway point. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)