The work was expected to start Tuesday and last until Friday, assuming the weather was permitting.
The bridge has been in need of repair for some time, as the safety and other concerns prompted the repair. Keith Todd, a public information officer for the DOH said.
“This is a safety project,” he said. “Over the years there have been several crashes at that site.”
Todd said a large reason for many of the crashes is that the bridge makes an “odd angle” with the roadway, likely causing some confusion for some drivers.
The bridge is located near the intersection of Lafayette Street and Will Jackson Road. Crews will be removing the bridge and replacing it with a new culvert. Todd said there will be a detour of the intersection by way of Brown Street.
Area Superintendent Mike Oakley said the crews will be working rain or shine, unless there is a downpour of rain. However, he said that it is mainly a job that needs to be done in dry weather due to the presence of a waterway that passes under the bridge.
Todd said the bridge is expected to be fixed in one week.