New Hattiesburg truck route waiting on new bridge

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A new truck route designed to get 18-wheelers out of downtown Hattiesburg will soon be taken up by the city council, but until it happens there's one more bridge to cross, literally.

Before the route can be implemented a bridge on James Street must be replaced, mainly due to weight issues, which falls under the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.

Tuesday morning the board received an update that construction would begin as soon as the contractor receives the parts needed, hopefully in the next few weeks.

From there it would be an upwards of two months for construction.

"The James Street bridge has been long in the process of getting it done. We had some problems getting right-of-ways which we've addressed," said board president David Hogan.

The county will also be replacing the bridge on Rawls Springs Road after the completion of the James Street bridge.

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