TUPELO, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will temporarily reduce traffic to one lane on State Route 30 in Tishomingo County for a bridge preservation project.
The lane closures are scheduled to begin March 19 at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Bridge, located between Burton and Tishomingo. Temporary traffic signals will be in place at either end of the bridge to control traffic.
“The nature of the work will require one lane to be closed while crews replace the bridge deck,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT Executive Director. “Since the bridge is nearly 1,700 feet long, motorists may experience a several-minute wait while oncoming traffic clears the bridge before it is their turn to go. The closures will last several weeks in each direction.”
Crews working on the $1.7 million project will close the westbound lane to remove the bridge deck using high-pressure water. Once hydrodemolition is complete, a new bridge deck will be poured. When the westbound lane is complete, crews will switch to the eastbound lane.
“State Route 30 is a busy commercial and commuter corridor. This project will extend the life of the bridge up to 25 years,” McGrath said. “Motorists should heed traffic signs and signals and be on high alert for roadside workers.”
The bridge preservation project was awarded to Gibson & Associates, Inc., of Balch Springs, Texas. The project also includes bearing replacement, joint repair and new striping. It is expected to be completed in May.
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