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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Bridge Inspections: Commitment to Safety

Holly Springs Road and Bridge Construction

Bridge Inspections: Commitment to Safety

The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors aggressively maintains your transportation network composed of 104 bridges  in DeSoto County and 650 miles of roadway in unincorporated areas.  Keeping the traveling public safe has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority.   

The Board participates in the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as administered through the Mississippi Office of State-Aid Road Construction (OSARC) to oversee, maintain, and replace bridges to the current technical standards.    

How often do bridge inspections occur?    

In general, bridges of more than 20 feet in length are inspected every two years.  Half are inspected one year, the other half the next. The County contracts with an engineering firm for the inspections. Engineers review bridge ends, deck, superstructure, substructure, waterway, guardrail, signage, etc. Load ratings are also calculated and posted as needed. The detailed reports include routine and urgent maintenance needs.

 The DeSoto County Road Manager and municipalities utilize the reports for maintenance and repairs.  The OSARC reviews and submits the work to FHWA.  As part of the program, the municipalities receive the reports explaining the bridge maintenance responsibilities within their respective jurisdiction.    

 Are any bridges required to be inspected more often?  

Currently, there are certain bridges that require monitoring at least four times a year.  The County Road Department civil engineer handles these intermediate inspections and reports any unusual findings.  As part of the inspection, the engineer looks for items such as embankment erosion and drift build-up on piers or bents which may compromise the integrity of the bridge.  A Bridge Closure Plan of Action is in place and ready to implement if necessary.       

 How many are timber bridges?  

The Board of Supervisors is constantly budgeting and searching for funding opportunities to replace deteriorating bridges and because of this there are no timber pile bridges on the National Bridge Inventory in DeSoto County.   

 Which bridges are currently being replaced?  (May 2021)

  • Stateline Rd bridge at Horn Lake Creek
  • Ingrams Mill Rd bridge at Pigeon Roost Creek
  • Holly Springs Rd at Coldwater River (multiple bridges)
  • Star Landing Rd bridge at Lake Cormorant Bayou (recently replaced)
  • Austin Road Bridge (in design)

 Need more info?  

Learn more about your bridges at Mississippi Office of State Aid Road Construction 

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