Expect closing on I-20 in Mississippi starting Friday

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If your driving takes you on Interstate 20 through part of Mississippi, you may need to a bit more planning later this week and next.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Mississippi Department of Transportation crews will close I-20 eastbound over Lynch Creek in Jackson to perform a bridge rehabilitation project. The project, which requires two separate five-day closure periods, calls for the partial removal and replacement of both the eastbound and westbound bridge decks.

The second closure will take place on the westbound side of I-20 one week later, on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Each closure will begin at 7 p.m. and end by 6 a.m. the following Thursday.

During construction, freight traffic will be directed to I-220 to detour around the I-20 closures.

Local traffic will be directed to Highway 80. During the I-20 westbound closure, the on-ramp to I-55 north from County Line Road will close as needed to help with traffic flow on I-55 northbound.

“This is a stretch of interstate that carries approximately 93,000 vehicles a day,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “Over time, the high volume of traffic has caused the bridge deck to deteriorate.”

Truckers can stay updated on this project by visiting MDOTtraffic.com, downloading the free MDOT Traffic app, or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.