Bridge project could take 3 years to complete

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Mississippi Department of Transportation plans to replace all the wooden bridges along a highway heading into the Taylor community in Lafayette County.

“The project could take two to three years before it’s complete,” MDOT District Engineer Mitch Turner tells the Oxford Eagle.

Turner said there are eight bridges along Mississippi Highway 328 — one of two connecting roads between Oxford and Taylor.

“These are 20 to 30-foot wooden bridges,” Turner said. “They will be replaced with concrete and be a good deal wider and safer to drive across.”

The job will go out for bid in July. Turner said construction could begin in August or September.

MDOT has already purchased any required land needed for the new, wider bridges. The rights of way for the project were acquired in June 2012.

“We didn’t have to buy very much,” Turner said.

The bridge project is under MDOT’s regular bridge replacement program and has been on the agenda for several years.

“We started working on this in early 2010,” Turner said. “It’s one of those projects that MDOT determined it was time to bump up on the priority list.”

Turner said the estimated cost for the new bridges is $9.1 million.