Kemp Bottom Road Bridge will be demolished

Published 8:17 pm Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Yazoo City contractor will handle the demolition of the Kemp Bottom Road Bridge.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Wednesday accepted the $108,466 bid of Anderson Contracting LLC of Yazoo City to perform the work. The starting date on the project will depend on the level of the Mississippi River, which is affecting Hennessey Bayou, which the bridge crossed.

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“We have reviewed the bids … and Anderson Contracting did confirm to be the low bidder and we recommend awarding the project to them,” said Brian Robbins of Stantec, the project engineer for the demolition.

Anderson was one of four companies submitting bids for the demolition. Other companies submitting bids included Century Construction Group Inc. of Ridgeland, $249,616; M&M Services Inc. of Jackson, $385,600; and Triple M Construction and Contracting of Mayersville, $218,000.

Located off Warrenton Road, the Kemp Bottom Road bridge was closed July 25 when it was determined to be unsafe, then collapsed into Hennessey Bayou July 28.

The demolition project involves removing the bridge and the supports for a nearby railroad bridge along Kemp Bottom Road.

The problem with the bridge dates back to the 2011 spring Mississippi River flood, when the river crested on May 19, 2011, at 57.1, 14.1 feet above flood stage and nine-tenths of a foot above the Great Flood of 1927.

Engineers said the water entering Hennessy’s Bayou during the flood receded quickly and created the present erosion problem that caused the bridge to collapse. The cost of replacing the bridge is estimated at about $2 million.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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