WARREN COUNTY, MISS. —The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has plans to repair the recently closed Muddy Bayou Bridge on Highway 465 in Warren County. The bridge was closed yesterday due to structural issues.
During a recent inspection by an MDOT bridge inspection team, severe decay was discovered in the timber piles of Bridge No. 15.7 (14953). MDOT immediately closed the bridge due to the severe section loss in the timber piles. Bridge inspections keep the state’s highways as safe as possible for the traveling public, MDOT’s top priority.
“We appreciate our district bridge crews for taking immediate action and closing this bridge on Highway 465 to all traffic yesterday,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “This kind of catch highlights the importance of having skilled engineers and enforcement officers to make quick assessments and implement traffic control.”
The bridge is located 15.7 miles west of U.S. Highway 61 in the Eagle Lake community. MDOT is developing plans to repair the bridge and anticipate opening the bridge within months. It will remain closed until repairs are made.
“This closure was necessitated after the bridge inspection revealed damage to the foundation of the bridge,” said District Engineer Kevin Magee. “As repair plans progress, we’ll be able to give a more definite time frame for the length of the closure.”
Motorists can stay updated on this project along with others at www.MDOTTraffic.com, by downloading the MDOT Traffic app or calling 511. For details on posted weight limits on Mississippi bridges, visit http://ow.ly/Nydwu.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.