The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced the closure of an additional 27 bridges. The bridges will be closed under Governor Phil Bryant’s emergency bridge closure proclamation from April 2018.
According to the most current list, the Office of State Aid Road Construction discovered an additional 27 deficient bridges needing immediate closure – bringing the current total to 61.
“MDOT and the Department of Public Safety will begin immediate closures to prevent danger to the traveling public,” said Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “While MDOT understands closed bridges are inconvenient, open bridges at risk of imminent failure are a detriment to public safety.”
The current closures are a continuation of a 2017 report from federal inspectors who determined many bridges in the state were deficient. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) worked with State Aid and MDOT to schedule repairs or closures.