Stuck bridge sticks it to morning commuters

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Thousands of drivers had a commuting headache Wednesday when the Wilkes Bridge on Cowan-Lorraine Road closed during morning rush hour.

"It was a mechanical failure in one of the sections of the drawbridge. It was a mechanism that helps raise and lower the bridge," MDOT Engineer Gabe Faggard explained.

Despite a warning sign urging commuters to turn around, some drivers found themselves stuck, just like the bridge.  One of them was Steve Hobbs.

"Well, I've got to go around, all the way around. And I live right down here on Pass Road, and I've got to go all the way around," Hobbs said. "I just got off work; I'm kind of tired."

"It's very inconvenient," driver Mollie Rhodes said. "I use it five days a week to get to my job at the VFW post in Biloxi. And if I don't go this route, I've got to go the long way around."

"Even if it opens, I'm going to be late to work, very late to work and I'm trying to figure out another way to go to work this morning," Madison Blader said. "So I'm going to turn around and find a different way to go."

Henry Farve knew he was going to be late for an appointment at the VA.

"I use it probably once or twice a week easily and this time I see that this bridge has got me," Farve said.

"It is definitely an inconvenience," Jason Murray said. "You've got to go all the way to maybe Courthouse Road to get across and get back down to Highway 90, but it's just something you've got to deal with."

And so they did, by backing up and turning around.

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