Progress being made in replacing bridge

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - This past April, Governor Phil Bryant ordered the closing of nearly 100 bridges across Mississippi. A few of those were in Lauderdale County, including a bridge on Vimville/Causeyville Road.

After waiting for the railroad company that has tracks underneath the bridge to give clearance to replace it, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors approved the advertising for bids to replace the bridge at Monday’s meeting.

“We’ll have to advertise for two weeks and then wait 30 days and we can accept the bids and hopefully we’ll do that in December,” says District 5 supervisor Kyle Rutledge.

Supervisor Rutledge is optimistic that the new bridge will open during the first half of next year.

“And then hopefully construction will start in January and it should take the engineer four to five months to replace the bridge.”

The closure has created a nuisance for residents and first responders who have to find alternative routes.

“This bridge was closed down by the Federal Highway Administration, it’s been closed down for about a year,” Rutledge says. “[We’re] just looking forward to getting it open for the different businesses and school buses and emergency personnel and the public out there.”