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TRAFFIC ALERT: Cowan-Lorraine drawbridge to close nightly through Saturday

The Wilkes Drawbridge on Cowan-Lorraine Road (Hwy 605) in Gulfport will close overnight from...
The Wilkes Drawbridge on Cowan-Lorraine Road (Hwy 605) in Gulfport will close overnight from Wednesday, June 1 until Saturday, June 4 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 10:16 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 10:57 AM CDT
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GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - The Wilkes Drawbridge on Cowan-Lorraine Road (Hwy 605) in Gulfport will close overnight from Wednesday, June 1 until Saturday, June 4 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. It’s the next step in an ongoing bridge rehabilitation that’s been underway since last fall.

During Wednesday night’s closure, workers moved the orange barrels and shifted traffic back onto the southbound draw. Construction teams are now focused on a hydraulic pump under the northbound side of the drawbridge.

The $22 million project will replace the aging bridge’s hydraulic machinery and electrical equipment.

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation tell WLOX News the contractor just finished replacing all the bearings and the installation of the finder system. Workers will soon finish all electrical and mechanical work, as well as painting.

The work is taking a little bit longer than originally projected because during the course of reconstruction, the bridge was hit by a boat. Those repairs will start in June, and should be complete by the end of the summer.

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