South 28th Ave. bridge to close

By HASKEL BURNS,

Work is expected to begin Monday on reconstruction of the South 28th Avenue bridge just north of Pinehills Drive in Hattiesburg.

Samantha McCain, chief communications officer for the City of Hattiesburg, said the bridge – which was built in 1978 – recently was graded a 4 (poor condition) on a scale of 1 to 10 by the Mississippi Office of State Road Construction.

“Safety for motorists is paramount and getting the bridge to a place where it is structurally sound is a priority,” McCain said in an email.

The work will entail replacing the existing structure, including bringing the bridge up to structural standards, improving hydraulics, improving alignment with the flow of Gordon’s Creek and the addition of a sidewalk. The total cost of the project is $554,368.37, which was allotted in the city’s current budget.

Traffic will be closed in both directions for the duration of the work, which is expected to last until April of next year. Detour signage will be posted at the intersection of Richburg Road and South 28th Avenue Extension, and “Closed to Through Traffic” signs will be placed at entrances for South 34th Avenue, New England Street and the north and south entrances of Pinehills Drive.