MDOT closing Highway 43 bridge for repairs
The Mississippi 43 bridge over north edge of the Reservoir is closing for repairs for two weeks starting Sept. 6, the state Department of Transportation announced.
The bridge is closing due to a bridge deck overlay, said Michael Flood, public information officer for MDOT.
“They’re essentially going to put a new surface on the bridge,” Flood said. “Instead of hydro-demoing or removing the top surface, they’re placing a thin lift of polymer overlay that will have a skid-resistant texture on it. This will help keep vehicles from skidding, especially during wet or icy weather conditions.”
The closure will affect both directions of the Highway 43 river bridge between Highway 25 and the Natchez Trace Parkway.
“There are also some areas on the bridge deck that need to be removed – essentially deteriorated concrete – that need to be torn out,” Flood said. “These reasons are why it was decided to perform this preservative maintenance along the bridge, to keep the bridge safe and passable for the traveling public.”
Flood noted the bridge will close at 7 a.m on Sept. 6 and remain closed for 14 days. He said the project will cost roughly $721,000 and was awarded to Key Constructors, Inc., in Madison.
“It was decided this was a necessary preservative maintenance project that was needed to extend the service life of the bridge,” Flood said. “The public is reminded to slow down and pay attention to posted signage before and during the closure, and to plan an alternate route ahead of time.”
Any updates on the timeline will be posted on MDOT’s social media, @MississippiDOT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.