FRANKLIN COUNTY, MISS.--- During a recent routine bridge inspection, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) evaluated the posted weigh limit of a bridge on Highway 98 in Franklin County and has restricted its weight limit.  

The posted weight limit for Bridge No. 45.0 (11097) on Highway 98 over the Homochitto River near Bude has been restricted to 28 tons for H-trucks. Signs are being placed along the roadway today (July 18, 2016). 

“Every bridge in the state gets evaluated by our bridge inspection crews,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “I applaud our bridge inspection crew for taking swift action to post this weight restriction in an effort to keep our highways as safe as possible for the traveling public.”   

Last week, the subject bridge underwent routine and fracture critical inspections by MDOT’s bridge inspection team. Due to a section loss to a floor beam and a crack along the top cord of the truss, a load rating review was requested.  

MDOT’s Bridge Division is working on plans for the repair, while the repairs will be made by MDOT’s District crews. Weather permitting, crews anticipate the repairs to last approximately three weeks.  

“MDOT will work to make sure this posting has as little effect on traffic as possible,” said District Seven Engineer Albert White. “We’d like to advise the public to drive slow and be alert for roadside workers when traveling on Highway 98 over the Homochitto River while our crews complete the repairs.”  

For more information about posted bridges, visit http://ow.ly/Nydwu.                   

July 19, 2016