Progress to be made on Vimville-Causeyville Road Bridge

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Vimville-Causeyville Road Bridge in Lauderdale County is a major asset to residents who live around it and it's no surprise that its closure has caused a lot of problems.

The Federal Highway Administration deemed the bridge unsafe and demanded it be replaced.

However, resident Wayne Scott considers two years an excessive amount of time to get the job done.

"It makes it very inconvenient for people traveling to the Causeyville area that have to go way out of the way to get there,” said Scott. “I have a concern about what if someone needed Metro Ambulance to come, they would be delayed."

Scott said local businesses are also affected by the closed bridge, causing owners to lose customers because it's hard to get there.

"Nothing has been done since then and no one has been able to provide an answer of why not,” said Scott.

Two years after its closing, the bridge is expected to undergo construction as early as next week.

"This project has gone on way too long, there have been numerous problems why it is not completed,” said Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors President Kyle Rutledge.

Rutledge told Newscenter 11, employees with Joe McGee Construction said progress will be made starting Monday.

"The board is going to hold them to starting on that date or we're going to have to do something else because we've been waiting on this construction a long time,” said Rutledge.

The board accepted the company's $720,000 bid in April.

The county received a $724,000 grant from the state for the project.