D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Department of Transportation crews will be working through the night both Monday and Tuesday to put large girders to install bridge beams on the new D'Iberville Boulevard bridge.
As night fell, MDOT crews worked tediously, getting everything in place for more than 10 overnight hours of bridge construction, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol was there to help control traffic during the process.
"If you bring I-10 to a complete stop. We're going to have problems. So we'll get in between traffic. Slow them down, allow the cars in front to get ahead, so that we can have a break. If we do it this way, it prevents us from completely shutting down the I-10," said Corporal Benjamin Seibert.
Cars were moving at a "slow roll" throughout the night, to allow MDOT crews to access the large girders being placed over the westbound lanes of I-10.
"It's a minor inconvenience compared to a major detour. It's the best of both worlds. It keeps traffic flowing albeit it's a little slower," said MDOT Project Engineer Mike Harter.
When MDOT demolished the original D'Iberville Boulevard Bridge back in February, I-10 had to be shut down, causing major detours.
"In the process of setting beams we can let traffic go through, and then let traffic alleviate just a little bit. Then we can set another beam, whereas, with the bridge demolition there was all kinds of debris on the interstate so we had to do a detour," said Harter.
Harter says the bridge construction should be finished by spring of next year, pending weather delays.