MDOT orders emergency closure of highway bridge

bridge_rgbYALOBUSHA COUNTY — State transportation officials have closed a bridge after discovering it could possibly fail.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the bridge on Highway 51 approximately three miles south of the Highway 32 and Highway 51 intersection in Yalobusha County.

During a routine inspection of the bridge, inspectors found signs of possible movement in some of the beams, which could lead to future safety concerns. This closure will allow crews to perform a full inspection of the bridge and make the necessary repairs.

Advance warning signs of the closure will be placed to inform motorists. All commercial vehicles will be directed to I-55 for the duration of the closure. MDOT advises motorists to use I-55 or seek alternate routes.

This emergency bridge repair project could take approximately one week to complete.

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