Thursday, July 27, 2006
Part of road closed for bridge repair
By SUE WATSON
The long bridge over the Coldwater River on North Red Banks Road is closed to traffic until it is replaced, according to county engineer Larry Britt.
Work on tearing out the old structure - believed to have been built in the 1950s or ’60s - began last week and detour signs have been placed to direct through and local traffic around the bridge, he said.
The best alternate routes will likely be Highway 311 or Cayce Road, Britt said.
The main detour route was marked with signs on North Red Banks Road beginning north of the Coldwater River Bridge at Mt. Zion, going westward on Mt. Zion Road to Cayce Road, then going southward on Cayce Road to Moore Road, then eastward on Moore Road back to Red Banks Road and on southward to Red Banks and Highway 178.
Northbound traffic would reverse that route. Through traffic can either use Cayce Road to travel from Highway 178 to Collierville, or Highway 311 from north Holly Springs to Mt. Pleasant and connecting to Highway 72.
Individuals living on North Red Banks Road and near it will find the route that best fits their needs, Britt said.
The bridge will likely be out for some time, Britt said, because it is a large project estimated to take up to 200 working days to remove the old bridge and construct a new one. It could well be spring 2007 before North Red Banks Road is reopened, he said.
The decision to rebuild the bridge was based on an inspection report which showed that the Coldwater River Bridge needed changing out and had gotten progressively worse, according to county road manager Larry Hall.
“We were fortunate to have the state aid funds available to design the new bridge,” he said.
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