Two-year road closure announced as Mississippi crews work to replace three bridges

Published 3:44 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A three-mile stretch of Mississippi highway will be closed for nearly two years as construction crews work to replace three bridges.

The road closure on State Route 149/State Route 16 in Yazoo County started Tuesday morning and will continue until Dec. 31, 2025.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announces that both directions of the road between W. Leeve Road and Whittington East Levee Road will be closed as work crews replace three bridges across the Whittington Auxiliary Channel in the Lake George Wildlife Management Area.

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During the road closure, drivers will be directed to detour around the closure. Northbound traffic will take SR 3 to U.S. 49W north. Southbound traffic will take U.S. 49W south to SR 3 south.

The Lake George Wildlife is an 8,383-acre parcel in Yazoo County, between Holly Bluff and Satartia on Highway 433.  This area is dominated by regenerated bottomland hardwood forest, with less than 40 acres of mature timber.  This WMA is owned by the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is maintained by the MDWFP.

The Whittington Auxiliary Channel runs the length of the WMA, and a large portion of the mature timber on the area is found along the channel.  Extensive flooding is not a major problem.  However, when flooding occurs, Lake George has substantial amounts of quality waterfowl habitat.