CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) — The City of Clinton is closing Cynthia Road to traffic.
City officials said engineers inspected the bridge Friday and determined that several of the wooden pilings were deficient and the bridge would need to be closed for immediate repairs.
Drivers wishing to access the city of Clinton from U.S. Highway 49 through Cynthia Road can use one of three detours.
- Motorists may use: U.S. 49 to the Natchez Trace Parkway to Pinehaven Road,
- Flag Chapel Road to Northside Drive
- U.S. 49 to Kickapoo Road turning south on Pinehaven Road.
Bridge closed signs have been placed by Clinton Public Works to prevent the use of the bridge buy motorists. Each detour should add no more than three miles to a commute.
Mayor Fisher and city engineers are working on plans to receive bids on emergency repairs to provide a short-term solution and reopen the bridge by late April 2018. This short-term repair is expected to extend the life of the bridge for up to five years and provide an opportunity for a long-term solution to be designed and funded.
According to Mayor Phil Fisher, “while a permanent fix is our ultimate goal, our immediate desire is to make the repairs and get the bridge reopened to traffic as quickly as possible for residents and guests traveling to Clinton.”
Once quotes for work are accepted and the project awarded to a contractor, engineers estimate the work to take approximately 4-5 weeks to complete.
“We regret the inconvenience this closure will have on our residents and visitors, but the safety of our motorists is the top priority,” added Mayor Fisher.