Transportation officials will close part of U.S. Highway 11 in east Mississippi, south of Interstate 20 and Interstate 59 in September to replace eight bridges. The condition of the bridges is a growing concern.
Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said the project will cost $5 million and will take about fifteen months to complete.
Traffic between Meridian and Clarke County on Highway 11 will be routed onto Interstate 59. No traffic will be allowed on that stretch while construction is in progress.
Some residents who live or travel along U.S. 11 say they don't want the inconvenience of finding another route to work. Others say they have mixed emotions about the project.