HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Work continues to repair the damage on the I-59 bridge at Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.
The bridge was damaged when it was hit by a track hoe being carried on a flat bed trailer in mid July. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has hired a contractor to repair the bridge by installing new re-enforcing steel and concrete to the damaged part of the bridge. While the work is going on travelers can expect lane closures on both I-59 and Highway 49. The on and off ramps on the north end of the bridge are also closed. The cost of the repair is expected to be around $167,000.
The contractor believes they can get all repairs done by the middle of next week which will allow for the southbound lanes of Highway 49 and the on and off ramps to 59 to be reopened. The right lane off the overpass will remain closed until the concrete has cured enough to be able to handle the weight of the traffic