LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Highway studies are complete and the Mississippi Department of Transportation is moving forward with the rebuilding of Mississippi Highway 589 in Lamar County.
The state has finished its study and a bridge is in the highway's future.
"MDOT is adding a bridge where the complete washout is at, and there is 1900 ft that they are going to totally rebuild on the left hand lane," said Tommy Jones, Lamar County road manager.
Before work begins on the damaged area of road, a bidding process will take place.
"There will be two weeks that contractors will have the opportunity to bid on it, as soon as they award that bid then the process will begin," Jones said.
In early March, more than 12 inches of rain fell in portions of Lamar County, causing sections of MS 589 to wash away.
"The way the system is set up on 589, you've got the creek bridge up on the upper end of it where the actual creek channel is, but between there and all the way back down to where WPA Road turns off it was serving as a levee," Jones said. "That entire levee area was just drained by one box culvert, now you'll have a bridge with a creek, you'll have a box culvert still flowing, plus you'll have this bridge that takes any excess water and drains it on out."
The section of road from Burnt Bridge Road to WPA Road is still closed, and will be closed for roughly eight more months, pending weather conditions for construction.
County officials are hopeful the bridge will prevent flooding issues in the future.
"I believe the bridge is going to prevent the flooding all the way around in the future, there's probably going to be a lot of times its going to be dry under that bridge, but in the event we these 4 to 5 inch rains where the water is actually backing up now from 589 to WPA Road and Little Creek, that's going to allow that water to get on through and get to the creek a little faster," Jones said.
According to Jones, he is hopeful work will begin on the project in the next few weeks.