MDOT temporarily closing Fort Bayou drawbridge in Jackson County at 10 p.m. Monday
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WXXV) – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the Fort Bayou drawbridge in Ocean Springs beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, January 18, and lasting until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19.
Drivers are advised to find an alternate route during these overnight closures.
The traffic shift is part of an ongoing $20 million bridge repair project to rehabilitate and upgrade the drawbridge on State Route 609.
“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.