Detours for Fort Bayou drawbridge on State Route 609 closure in Jackson County
The Mississippi Department of Transportation will close the Fort Bayou drawbridge in mid-March for a bridge repair project in Ocean Springs. A detour will be in place using Interstate 10, Interstate 110 and State Route 57.
“We ask the traveling public to be patient throughout this closure,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Once the bridge is closed I-10, I-110 and State Route 57 will see an influx of traffic, so please be mindful and give yourself enough time to get to your destination safely.”
This ongoing $20 million bridge repair project will rehabilitate and upgrade the drawbridge on State Route 609. During the closure, crews will be working to replace the bridge 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.
“This is the first major maintenance project on the drawbridge in the last nearly 40 years,” said King. “We know this closure will impact a lot of people not just in Jackson County, but in surrounding counties as well, but if everyone works together through these 45 days, this project can help ensure this bridge lasts another 40 years.”
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.