The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the Fort Bayou drawbridge in Ocean Springs on Sunday, March 14, at 10 p.m.
The closure is part of an ongoing $20 million bridge repair project to rehabilitate and upgrade the drawbridge on State Route 609. During the closure, crews will be working to replace the bridge bearings and shafts.
The closure is expected to last up to 45 days. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and follow the detour signs that will be in place.
“The traveling public has been using this bridge for the last 35 years. This project to rehabilitate the drawbridge is necessary for the bridge to last another 35 years,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “The Fort Bayou drawbridge is not just a heavily traveled roadway, it’s also used as an evacuation route during hurricane season, and MDOT wants to ensure everyone crossing that bridge is safe now and for years to come.”
During the closure, marine vessel heights greater than 26 feet will be unable to traverse the channel. All other marine traffic should also expect possible intermittent channel closures.
Once complete, this project will upgrade the bridge’s motor, generator, gears and axles. The bridge will also be repainted. This project was awarded to C.E.C., Inc., of Lafayette, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed late 2021.
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