New beam in place on I-20 bridge over Highway 49; Overnight lane closure

Photo: MDOT

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is still on schedule with completing work to the I-20 bridge that runs over Highway 49.

There will be an over night lane closure in the area.

MDOT tweeted a photo of crews working on the repairs.The new beam has been set, MDOT said.

“Our crews worked through the weekend to make significant progress on this repair,” said Melinda McGrath, executive director, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). “Motorists will see visible work occurring until the end of the month. Please use extreme caution and slow down for our workers as they finish this emergency project.”

March 20 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 – Both lanes of U.S. Highway 49 northbound at Interstate 20 and the Interstate 20 eastbound ramp to Highway 49 northbound will be closed.

Below is the detour:

Motorists traveling on U.S. Highway 49 northbound are encouraged to use the U.S. Highway 49 northbound ramp to Interstate 20 eastbound and take the Pearson Road (Exit 48) ramp. Motorists exiting to U.S. Highway 49 northbound from Interstate 20 eastbound during these closures are encouraged to use the next interchange at Pearson Road (Exit 48).

They expect work to be complete by the end of the month. A large vehicle hit the underside of the bridge on March 1.

MDOT awarded an emergency repair contract to remove and replace the damaged bridge beam to Joe McGee Construction, Inc. for approximately $376,000 using the state bid process.

“Crews have started replacing steel rebar and formwork for the bridge deck and rail, which can be a lengthy process. Finally, concrete will be poured to complete the repair.”

Drivers should use caution as crews will be on site, the speed limit will be reduced and are encouraged to follow the temporary signage.

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