JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – A portion of I-20 westbound will close near the I-55 interchange for repairs. Crews will begin work at 10:00pm on Friday, May 5, 2017. Signs are posted advising drivers that they will have to find an alternate route this weekend.
Repairs were originally scheduled for last weekend but postponed because of weather. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) says two trash fires underneath the bridge damaged some of the bridge’s foundation, creating the need for repairs. Brian Ratliff with MDOT says, “We need to repair it and get that bad section out for the safety of the travelling public and the longevity of the bridge.” Dwayne August, a driver, says, “I think that it’s a big inconvenience for everyone because that s a major intersection for everyone, for people who go home and see family, and travellers.”
Interstate 20 westbound will close at the Interstate 55 south split (Exit 44), and traffic who miss the recommended detour will be diverted to Interstate 55 southbound at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 5. I-20 will be back open by 6 a.m. on Monday, May 8.
Additionally, Interstate 20 westbound on-ramps at State/Gallatin Street, Terry Road and Interstate 55 northbound will be closed. Raymond Road, underneath the bridge, will also be closed.
DETOUR: Motorists wanting to travel west on Interstate 20 are encouraged to take Interstate 55 north to Interstate 220 south to return to Interstate 20 westbound. Motorists who miss the detour can turn around by taking the McDowell Road interchange back to Interstate 55 northbound to Interstate 220 south.