Work on Fort Bayou drawbridge continues in Jackson County
HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Work on the Fort Bayou drawbridge is going according to schedule as crews work to reopen the bridge on May 21.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation closed the drawbridge on State Route 609 on March 14 for a repair project.
Currently, all four bearings have been reinstalled, and the bridge has been placed back on its foundation. Crews are now working to install the span locks. The locks hold and secure the two bridge spans together. Crews are also working to reconstruct the bridge’s control box.
“Thank you to the public for being patient with us. We know it is a burden to Ocean Springs and the St. Martin community, so I just want to thank everyone for their patience,” said Project Engineer Jason Winders. “Right now the bridge is operating on a temporary hydraulic system, that’s so we can get the bridge back into working order so we can get it back open to traffic, but by no means are we through with the project.”
The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic in late May, but drivers should anticipate additional overnight closures until the entire project is complete. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and follow detour signs in place for the remainder of the closure.
This project was awarded to C.E.C., Inc., of Lafayette, Louisiana and is expected to wrap up late 2021.