VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) -The city of Vicksburg is applying for a $1.6 million grant from the federal government for a bridge repair. The project is looking to solve erosion problems from the Mississippi River.
Kemp Bottom Road Bridge has suffered from erosion issues for over 5 years. The bridge was closed in July of last year and then collapsed two days afterwards.
The project is looking to be a $2.2 million job, but with this grant the city of Vicksburg will only be paying for 25 percent of the cost, according to Mayor George Flaggs.
“We’re asking them to come in, the corps of engineers, to stabilize it," said Flaggs. "Once they stabilize that, then we begin to repair the bridge. That’s what this is for. And the concern we got is that if we don’t stabilize this bridge then we have another bridge, the Warrenton Road Bridge, and it can be impeded by the same water trying to finds it’s way through land.”
The rising and falling of the tides around the Mississippi River has been the main factor in the erosion around the bridge. According to Mayor Flaggs, this type of grant qualifies for that specific erosion issue.