Wednesday was the last day the Big Ridge Road Bridge in D'Iberville was open for through traffic. The bridge is set to be demolished on June 21st.
A new, wider bridge will be built in its place at a cost of $11 million. The construction of the new bridge will be completed in 10 to 12 months. The new bridge is part of the larger diverging diamond construction project at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 110. Wednesday, representatives from the City of D'Iberville and the Mississippi Department of Transportation met with local merchants. They discussed how the closing of the bridge will affect access to businesses.
Bobby Weaver, Engineering Advisor for D’Iberville, says, “I mean, they’re our lifeline. I mean, these are the residents and businesses of D’Iberville, you know, if people don’t come shop here, they don’t stay, revenue is not good, then you know, also for the people who live here. I mean, we want to make sure we think these things out and make the roadways as safe as we possibly can and ensure smooth traffic through the duration of construction.” The diverging diamond project is a $42 million project and is expected to be completed next summer.