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Mississippi plans $22M bridge to replace washed out span

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is planning a new U.S. 51 bridge over the Coldwater River after the old one was washed out by March floods.

Officials tell WHBQ-TV that they will raise the roadbed on approaches by three feet and raise the bridge 10 feet to prevent future flooding and let more water flow under the bridge.

Residents and merchants in the town of Coldwater, though, say they’re worried about the two years to build the bridge. Businessman Mike Hawkins says traffic at his lamp and shade store has dropped by almost half.

Motorists crossing between Tate and DeSoto counties are detouring via Interstate 55. Mark Pendleton, who drove across the bridge to work, says what used to be a 5-minute trip now takes 35 minutes.

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