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Big rigs being detoured around damaged bridge on U.S. 49 south of Jackson, Mississippi

Big rigs being detoured around damaged bridge on U.S. 49 south of Jackson, Mississippi

RICHLAND, Miss. — Commercial traffic is being routed to a detour off of a busy section of highway in central Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation said Friday that inspectors found damage to the U.S. Highway 49 bridge over Richland Creek in Rankin County. That is just south of where drivers enter Highway 49 off of Interstate 20.

The DOT said the weight of 18-wheelers is causing more damage.

All commercial truck traffic will need to exit U.S. Highway 49 southbound at the scale area and take the West Frontage Road to Old U.S. Highway 49 back to U.S. Highway 49 southbound, the DOT said.

Transportation Department spokesman Jason Scott says it’s too soon to know how long the detour will be in place. Scott says the bridge is considered safe for other vehicles.

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