MDOT changes weight limits on county bridges

CJ-0716-MDOT-Logo-2C.jpgCHICKASAW COUNTY – The Mississippi Department of Transportation on Friday issued weight limits changes, effective immediately for 12 bridges in Chickasaw County.

Farmers, loggers and commercial haulers were specifically warned to note these changes as heavy loads that break or damage state bridges can see the trucking company held responsible for damages.

MDOT recently evaluated the posted weight limits of bridges in Chickasaw County during routine bridge inspections. The postings for the following bridges have been removed:

• Bridge No. 198 on State Route 245, 3.4 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 198.8 on State Route 245, 2.6 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 199 on State Route 245, 2.4 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 199.1 on State Route 245, 2.3 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 199.2 on State Route 245, 2.2 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 199.6 on State Route 245, 1.8 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 200.3 on State Route 245, 1.1 miles south of the Lee County line.

• Bridge No. 131.7 on State Route 8, 1.8 miles east of the Natchez Trace.

• Bridge No. 131.9 on State Route 8, 1.9 miles east of the Natchez Trace.

• Bridge No. 132 on State Route 8, 2.1 miles east of the Natchez Trace.

• Bridge No. 133 on State Route 8, 3.1 miles east of the Natchez Trace.

Bridge No. 136.6 on State Route 8, 6.7 miles east of the Natchez Trace has been upgraded to 29 tons for H-trucks and 38 tons for short-axle trucks.

A recent report of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) indicates that motorists travel over the state’s 2,274 structurally compromised bridges approximately 1.2 million times every day.

The data shows that of the 17,044 bridges in Mississippi, over 13 percent are in need of replacement. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the report ranks Mississippi 10th nationally in the number of structurally deficient bridges and 14th in percentage of deficient bridges.

“The report shows that the time for action is now, not years down the deteriorated road,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “All of the state’s roads and bridges that were constructed as a result of the 1987 four-lane highway program have a shelf life.”

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) maintains an inventory of 5,731 bridges and 29,000 highway lane miles and invests $450 million annually in routine roadway maintenance projects.

In FY 2013, maintenance operations resurfaced 135 miles of roadway, sealed another 674 lane miles, reshaped 5,740 miles of unpaved shoulders, applied 3,184 miles of striping, mowed 298,320 acres of right-of-way grass and removed 9,259 cubic yards of litter. MDOT allotted more than $64 million to fund the replacement of 14 structurally deficient bridges across the state, another $3.6 million was utilized on routine bridge maintenance and $1.1 million was spent on bridge repairs due to vehicle crashes.

“With the current level of funding for roadway and bridge maintenance, conditions will get worse before they get better,” McGrath added. “The downgrading of posted weight limits on deficient bridges will force local businesses and school buses to seek alternate routes and hinder the delivery of goods and people in a timely manner. The need for vehicle repairs will also rise and place further financial burdens on citizens. If the call for additional support is left unchecked, the lifeline for our local and national economy will be in jeopardy.”

Call (601) 359-7225 for additional information or with questions.

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