No closure required for bridges in the county

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 1, 2018

The condition of county bridges has been a topic of concern during recent Pearl River County Board of Supervisors meetings, but County Engineer Les Dungan said the county has been very proactive to ensure no bridges are closed.

So far, Dungan said the state personnel who have been inspecting county bridges have not observed any critical findings that warrant the closure of any bridges.

He said these inspectors directed by the federal highway commission.

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“The inspectors have been closely inspecting all the 34 bridges in the county supported by timber piling for about two weeks now, and based on their observations we do not have any bridge closures as of yet,” Dungan said.

In reference to current bridge work underway, Dungan said repairs to the two bridges on Progress Road will begin in a couple of weeks.

“We are looking to begin work on those bridges and the road will be closed for about 6-8 weeks with a detour being assigned directing the traffic around the bridge,” Dungan said.

Dungan said work on a bridge on Otis Jones Road is also underway and he expects to put it back in service in the next two to three weeks.