Critical bridges in Tupelo repaired

TUPELO – City bridges stand a little safer today after a series of sweeping repairs.
The Tupelo Public Works Department spent six weeks upgrading its most critical spans to meet state and federal inspection standards.
The most deteriorated bridge was on Rankin Boulevard Extended at Kings Creek, a victim of massive erosion. Workers closed traffic to the bridge for several days to pour more concrete and secure the pilings.
Other bridges needing major repair were on Daybrite Drive at Kings Creek, Jackson Street at Kings Creek, Blair Street at Kings Creek and Mount Vernon Road at Town Creek.
The city also performed minor repairs to several other spans.
The total project cost ran about $100,000.
“Most of the work done was repairing the bents, or pilings,” said Public Works Director Sid Russell. “And we put some riprap in place to prevent erosion.”
The Office of State Aid Road Construction inspects all the state’s bridges every two years, rating the structures on a scale from 1-100 and making maintenance recommendations.
“During inspection, there is a whole list of items the inspector has to put a number with – like the structural condition of the different bridge members,” said Mitch Carr, bridge engineer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. “Once that information is coded, there is a program that’s run that takes a lot of factors into account to compute the sufficiency rating.”
The Rankin Extended bridge had a sufficiency rating of 33.8 before the repairs. Other spans receiving municipal maintenance this year had scored much better – between 71 and 90, according to the Office of State Aid Road Construction.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Recent repairs
The city of Tupelo has repaired several
bridges recently:
• Rankin Boulevard Extended at Kings Creek
• Daybrite Drive at Kings Creek
• Jackson Street at Kings Creek
• Blair Street at Kings Creek
• Mount Vernon Road at Town Creek
• Green Tee Road at Barley Lake Branch
• North Veterans Boulevard at Mud Creek
• Barnes Crossing Road at Mud Creek
• Ida Street at Kings Creek Branch

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal