• U.S. Highway 51 Coldwater River Bridge Opens to Traveling Public

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) opened a new bridge over the Coldwater River in Tate County to all traffic.

    “We are pleased to announce the completion of the project reconnecting Tate and DeSoto counties, and the rest of the region, on Highway 51,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation Commissioner. “About 3,200 motorists used the bridge each day before it was damaged by flooding in 2016. Residents, businesses and industries will once again be able to easily access their communities using Highway 51.”

    Crews put the finishing lifts of asphalt on the $22.7 million project last week. Rumble strips were installed and lane striping applied finished the project this week.

    “We needed a few consistent days of good weather so crews could complete their work,” Tagert said.

    The original bridge, built in 1935, was closed in March 2016 after flooding damaged the bridge’s structural supports. The new 2,000-foot span is 900 feet longer and four feet taller to provide more resiliency to high water events. The travel lanes have been widened to 14 feet.

    “Thank you to the public for your patience while we built a bigger and stronger bridge,” Tagert said. “We appreciate the MDOT employees who worked on this project for their diligence and for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars to keep this project on budget despite the many challenges.”

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