Residents worry about McDowell Road Bridge

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Robinson Road Extension Bridge in South Jackson has been closed for repair for  months.

Now officials say there is a possibility another bridge may have to close because it’s in bad shape.

“The bridge is in pretty bad condition

Councilman Tyrone Hendrix had to share some bad news with the people of South Jackson.

The McDowell Road Extension Bridge may have to close soon.

“And the last thing we want is for an accident to happen under our watch,” said Hendrix.

WJTV found that  the McDowell Road Extension Bridge got  a seven out of 100 rating from the Office of State Aid Road Construction and about 11,000 cars travel on it every day.

Already, the Robinson Road Extension Bridge was closed for repair and actually collapsed after the city got a good rain a couple months back.

Hendrix is hoping the city gets that bridge fixed before shutting down the McDowell Road Bridge.

“Both of those bridges being down at the same time will be catastrophic,” said Hendrix.

“It’s going to be a mess for a lot of people.”

This is Patricia.

She says she walks across the McDowell Bridge often to catch the bus.

And even though the bridge is not close yet the thought troubles her.

“I don’t know how I’m going to get out of here on the bus.  I have to walk down the hill. So I don’t know what’s going to happen then,” said Patricia.

According to Shelia Byrd with the City of Jackson, the bridge got inspected in February.

The inspection did not show that the bridge needed to be shut down for repair at this time.

The city did say, however, the McDowell Road Bridge is on their radar for replacement within the next three years.


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