MDOT reducing Fort Bayou drawbridge to two lanes

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will reduce the Fort Bayou drawbridge in Ocean Springs from four lanes down to two on Sunday.

The traffic shift is part of an ongoing, $20-million bridge repair project to rehabilitate and upgrade the drawbridge on State Route 609. Starting Sunday, crews will place concrete barriers to separate the roadway from the construction zone. Crews will be working to replace the steel deck. 

During the work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Drivers are advised to follow the transitional detours provided by construction signage and barriers.

There will also be two temporary drawbridge closures. The first closure begins at 10 p.m. Sunday and lasts until 5 a.m. on Monday. The second also begins at 10 p.m. Monday and lasts until 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route during these overnight closures.

“This bridge sees a lot of traffic on a daily basis, and to ensure it remains safe for the traveling public maintenance is required,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Please be patient and watch out for roadside workers to ensure everyone stays safe throughout these traffic shifts.”

The two-lane configuration will be in place until March or April, when there will be a full bridge closure to complete work on the bridge shafts. That closure is expected to last up to 45 days, and detour signs will be in place.

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.

Motorists are reminded to be on high alert for roadside workers. Learn how to navigate a highway work zone safely, as well as other safe driving tips, at GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

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