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.”