Fort Bayou drawbridge on Hwy. 609 to close Thursday night

Fort Bayou drawbridge on Hwy. 609 to close Thursday night
The Fort Bayou Drawbridge closure is expected to last up to 45 days. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and follow the detour signs that will be in place. (Source: MDOT)

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - The Fort Bayou drawbridge on Highway 609 will be temporarily closed Thursday, February 25, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday morning.

Crews are preparing for a 45-day closure set for mid-March. The $20 million bridge project will upgrade the bridge’s motor, generator, gears and axles. The bridge will also be repainted.

“This is the first major maintenance project on the drawbridge in the last nearly 40 years,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “We know this closure will impact a lot of people not just in Jackson County, but in surrounding counties as well, but if everyone works together through these 45 days, this project can help ensure this bridge lasts another 40 years.”

During the closures, north/south traffic will have to detour to either I-110 or Hwy 57, which will add a good bit of drive time, so be prepared.

“Once the bridge is closed I-10, I-110 and State Route 57 will see an influx of traffic, so please be mindful and give yourself enough time to get to your destination safely,” King said.

This project was awarded to C.E.C., Inc., of Lafayette, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by late 2021.

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