Monroe County bridge closes in Bartahatchie community

A commonly used bridge in Monroe County was deemed unsafe on Tuesday.

Posted: Jul 4, 2019 12:34 PM

UPDATE 07/04/19 - This bridge has since been reopened.

Original article below

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A commonly used bridge in Monroe County was deemed unsafe on Tuesday.

The state has forced the bridge to be closed until repairs are made.

"Well, the next step is to get it fixed as soon as possible," said District 3 Supervisor Chip Chism.

RELATED: Federal government orders closure of Monroe County bridge

Chism said this came as a surprise to him when supervisors received a letter in the mail demanding the bridge be closed for repairs almost immediately.

"We got about 70 pilings under this bridge; three are showing damage," Chism said. "The main one is debris piling; it's not a construction piling. It's to keep logs and stuff from running into the structural piling. There's two of them that have rust on them."

Until these are repaired, the road will be closed, which has caused an inconvenience for those who travel in and out of the Bartahachie community.

"A lot of them are going to be driving around 20 miles to go around to go to work if they're going to Aberdeen," Chism said.

Chism said the closure was completely out of his control.

"I want the public to know on this side of the river and the other side of the river that this was none of my doing; it was the state aid engineer."

Monroe County Road Manager Sonny Clay said the county is planning to meet with a contractor to find out just how long it will take to reopen this bridge.

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