Expect major delays, lane closures on I-10 near MS-LA state line, MDOT says. Here’s why

Alternating lane closures on the Pearl River Bridge near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line are expected to delay traffic in both directions Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The closures began 7 a.m. Tuesday so crews could inspect and repair parts of the bridge, MDOT said. The alternating lane closures will continue until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The agency warned drivers to expect delays in both directions.

By Tuesday morning, traffic in the westbound lane had already backed up in Hancock County past Highway 607 and Waveland Exit 2.

Those delays cleared by Tuesday afternoon. But by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, drivers entering Mississippi from Louisiana faced significant congestion in the eastbound lanes.

In Harrison County, alternating lane closures will also affect I-10 at the Menge Avenue exit early Wednesday, MDOT said. Crews will work between 1 and 7 a.m. in the westbound lanes to complete work on the overhead bridge deck, the agency said. “Motorists should expect delays and may seek an alternate route,” a traffic advisory said.