Businesses feeling impacts from Fort Bayou Drawbridge closure

It’s been just over one week since the Fort Bayou Drawbridge was closed to traffic and business owners are sharing how they’ve adjusted over the course of a week.

On the Ocean Springs side, Greg Verges owns Fort Bayou Bait Shop right next to the bridge. Verges says the waterway right next to his store remains open for people to stop by, but the lack of vehicle traffic has caused some challenges.

He says business has decreased slightly over the past week as a result of being located off the main highway and cut off from the St. Martin area. “There’s been a decrease in business, but you’ve got to consider the inconvenience of the long ride around from right there to right here. So, it’s an inconvenience. I’m sure there’s other people seeing it.”

Verges says he’s seen a lot of vehicles have to turn around on approach to the bridge lately, and he thinks even more signage might help.

He also says the repairs to the bridge are much needed, despite the temporary detours in place.

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