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HATTIESBURG, MISS. –The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reopened the State Route 184 bridge over Dry Swamp Creek in Jones County.
On December 28, 2018, the bridge was struck by a tree and large amounts of debris due to flooding. Rushing water removed a significant portion of the surrounding bank and west bridge abutment.
While design work and right-of-way acquisition can take years to complete, MDOT was able to expedite the project. Before the flood, the bridge was slated to be replaced in 2023, although design work had not yet begun at the time the bridge was damaged. MDOT was able to design the project to fit within the existing right-of-way, and this allowed for construction work to begin by the end of 2019. Crews replaced the damaged bridge with a new one.
“MDOT was able to find the positive in a bad situation by utilizing some of the footwork already in place,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “We are thrilled to have this bridge back open for the traveling public.”
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