Wilkes Drawbridge in Gulfport reduced to two lanes

In Harrison County, traffic has been reduced to two lanes on the Wilkes Drawbridge.

The north bound side of the drawbridge is closed as crews repair the bridge’s motors.

Motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route and the speed has been reduced to 25 MPH in the work zone.

Renovations to the northbound side are expected to be complete this summer. The crews will then close the south side to finish repairs. MDOT District Engineer Kelly Castleberry said, “Usually, it takes motorists 28 days to form a habit. So, most motorists here in about a week will be accustomed to what’s going on in that area and they’ll understand their commute a lot better, like if they have to leave early or not. A lot of the frustration they’re experiencing now will work its self out and they have to play on that until summer then they’ll have to relearn a little bit of it when we switch.”

The repairs are necessary so the drawbridge can operate properly.

The project is expected to be complete by April 2023.

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