Fort Bayou Drawbridge in Ocean Springs set to reopen Thursday

Since March 14th the Fort Bayou Drawbridge in Ocean Springs has been closed for repairs, but tomorrow the long wait finally comes to an end. The bridge is set to reopen for thru-traffic at 1:30 p.m.

The closure of the Fort Bayou Drawbridge was expected to last 45 days. However, the damage was more severe than crews anticipated, delaying the opening and causing additional headaches for many. “When you have to drive 30 minutes for a ten-minute drive and gas prices are going up, it’s inconvenient and costing people money.”

The end of the extension is near and with the reopening Thursday, many are excited to be able to return to their normal commute and have easier access to amenities. Just ask Oren Zweig, the owner of Lil Market Deli and Bagelry, what he’s most excited for. “For me, it’s Taco Sombrero. It’s been so long since I’ve had my weekly visit there and I just want to get out there and support.”

Across the bayou they miss him too as the Taco Sombrero on Washington Avenue’s lunch rushes have felt the impact of the closure. Taco Sombrero Store Manager Haylee Jones said, “It’s been slower. We’ve been working with what we have and it’s nice to know that customers are traveling an extra 30 minutes a day to eat here. We know it’s hard on everyone. We’re very excited the bridge is opening soon.”

“But there are a lot of restaurants there and unfortunately it’s about convenience for most people and some people haven’t supported restaurants and I’ve heard a lot of them are hurting.”

“Some businesses, like our next-door neighbor had to close down for a bit of time, but now they’re back open and excited like us for the bridge to reopen again.”

Whether you’re trying to save time, gas, or enjoy some locally owned Tex Mex, the bridge is welcoming traffic back on Thursday afternoon.

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