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Lamey Bridge reduced to two lanes for construction

Traffic cones and flashing signs have drivers reduced from four lanes down to two, but project engineer Mike Harter said it won't last long; 72 hours to be exact. (Image source: WLOX News.) Traffic cones and flashing signs have drivers reduced from four lanes down to two, but project engineer Mike Harter said it won't last long; 72 hours to be exact. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Project engineer Mike Harter looks over the site of a future interchange ramp. (Image source: WLOX News.) Project engineer Mike Harter looks over the site of a future interchange ramp. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Harter said all four lanes on Lamey Bridge Road should be back up and running by the weekend, but it will take several months to get the interchanges in place. (Image source: WLOX News.) Harter said all four lanes on Lamey Bridge Road should be back up and running by the weekend, but it will take several months to get the interchanges in place. (Image source: WLOX News.)
Sheet piling is being placed on the east side of the bridge to act as a retaining wall for the new interchanges coming in. (Image source: WLOX News.) Sheet piling is being placed on the east side of the bridge to act as a retaining wall for the new interchanges coming in. (Image source: WLOX News.)
A major thoroughfare in the city is partially blocked. The road work is another step in completing a project that will end up costing more than $40 million. (Image source: WLOX News.) A major thoroughfare in the city is partially blocked. The road work is another step in completing a project that will end up costing more than $40 million. (Image source: WLOX News.)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

 

Residents of D'Iberville woke up to a bit of a traffic headache Wednesday morning. A major thoroughfare in the city is partially blocked. The road work is another step in completing a project that will end up costing more than $40 million.

 

Construction on Lamey Bridge Road at the Interstate 10 overpass is the next step in phase one of D'Iberville's large roadway overhaul.

Traffic cones and flashing signs have drivers reduced from four lanes down to two, but project engineer Mike Harter said it won't last long; 72 hours to be exact.

"You know, people go shopping and people hit up the businesses close by, so we want to get out of here before this weekend," said Harter.

Sheet piling is being placed on the east side of the bridge to act as a retaining wall for the new interchanges coming in. While the piling is being installed, the northbound lanes will be shut down and the southbound lanes will see head-to-head traffic.

This project is happening on top of the road closures already in place on Veterans Memorial Bridge and Big Ridge Road. Some residents are willing to roll with the punches, but multiple road projects on top of one another are a little too much for others. Harter says you have to get infrastructure improvements moving when the money is in place.

"Ideally, they were going to happen one right after the other, but the funding becomes available, and we want to get it done now," said Harter.

This project could have been an even bigger headache for drivers if the original plans had gone through. The first design required that Lamey Bridge Road be closed completely.

"We absolutely do not want to do that, so we redesigned the project and redesigned the construction process of the retaining wall. We're going to be done and out of Lamey Bridge Road within 72 hours," said Harter.

Harter said all four lanes on Lamey Bridge should be back up and running by the weekend, but it will take several months to get the interchanges in place.

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