Officials closes 27 additional bridges in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi officials are closing more bridges that county officials haven’t closed after inspectors found them unsafe.
On Friday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation said it’s closing an additional 27 bridges, with the majority of the closures happening in Hinds, Jones, Washington and Wayne counties.
The news comes just days after the agency announced it had found 34 bridges throughout the state that were deemed unsafe.
Federal Highway Administration officials ordered additional inspections of many county-road bridges, focusing on those supported by timber pilings.
Mississippi DOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath cited an April proclamation by Gov. Phil Bryant giving her authority to act. McGrath says the Office of State Aid Road Construction, a separate transportation agency, ordered some bridges closed as early as September.
Federal officials have threatened Mississippi with the loss of federal transportation money if the state doesn’t follow federal bridge guidelines.