• State Route 245 at Tubbalubba Creek to close for bridge replacement

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation will close a section of State Route 245 in Lee County May 29 for a maintenance project to replace a bridge.

    State Route 245 will be closed in both directions between County Road 130 and County Road 54 during the replacement of Tubbalubba Creek Bridge.

    A detour will be in place on U.S. Highway 45 throughout the project. Traffic will be rerouted at the Shannon exit on the north end of the project and the Okolona exit on the south end.

    The existing timber pile bridge, located about two miles south of Shannon, was built in 1934 and has posted weight restrictions. Inspections revealed decaying piles and section loss in the steel girders.

    “The Tubbalubba Creek Bridge has outlived its design life and could become unsafe for the traveling public,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “The new bridge will have a design life of 75 years and will increase commerce and mobility in the area.”

    The $2.4 million replacement project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction in Lake. The project is expected to be completed in late fall.

    Work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

    For more information about these or other MDOT maintenance and construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, call Mississippi 511, download the free MDOT Traffic app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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