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Closure of the Lorraine Road bridge on the way

Beginning Jan. 4 people will no longer be able to use this route between Gulfport and Biloxi. It's going to be inconvenient for residents and businesses in the area, but it's the only way the new bridge can be tied into the west side. (Photo source: WLOX) Beginning Jan. 4 people will no longer be able to use this route between Gulfport and Biloxi. It's going to be inconvenient for residents and businesses in the area, but it's the only way the new bridge can be tied into the west side. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

If you use the Lorraine Road Bridge between Gulfport and Biloxi, get ready for some inconvenience. 

Having been deemed unsafe and outdated, the old Lorraine Road bridge over the Biloxi River is being replaced. The project began on the east end or the Biloxi side and is approaching a stage in the process that will have a major impact on motorists who use the bridge.

"We've reached the halfway point. Starting January 4, that bridge will be closed for six months," said City of Biloxi Spokesman Vincent Creel.

So, beginning January 4 people will no longer be able to use this route between Gulfport and Biloxi. It's going to be inconvenient for residents and businesses in the area, but it's the only way the new bridge can be tied into the west side. Signs will be posted directing traffic and a detour plan is in place.

"The detour covers a lot of land. Depending on where you need to go and where you are coming from, you'll have to use Interstate 10 or Highway 605 and loop around," Creel said.

You'll start noticing signs being put in place along all the important routes and junctures. The cities of Biloxi and Gulfport teamed up with Harrison County and the state to design and pay for the new bridge. It's a long range plan to improve travel in this area that connects 605 with the Woolmarket area.

The old bridge would flood frequently and have to be shut down after a heavy rain. The new bridge is elevated and made of steel and concrete. The project will also eliminate a dangerous 90 degree curve. 

The bottom line is the six month closure beginning on January 4 will produce a result leaders on the coast hope will be worth the pain.

"The approaches are going to be safer. They'll be a lot more efficient and traffic will move very well," Creel said.

 While the new bridge will open to traffic in June, finishing touches will not be completed on the bridge until October.

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