Washout shuts down section of U.S. 80

Published 5:52 pm Saturday, February 20, 2021

Mississippi Department of Transportation workers are repairing a washed-out area of the shoulder of U.S. 80 near Newman Road that has closed the highway between Newman Road and Cumberland Road.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said Vicksburg-Warren 911 was called about the problem about noon Thursday and the dispatcher taking the call contacted MDOT.

He said 911 received a call Saturday that the problem was worse and called MDOT again.

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Two deputies went to the site of the washout Saturday and blocked the road until the Mississippi Highway Patrol and MDOT engineers arrived.

MDOT spokesman Mike Flood said the problem was the result of too much ice and snow building on the shoulder, causing it to collapse, and water is now running through the collapsed area and under the road.

He said an MDOT crew is attempting to make the road passable by packing the affected area with riprap so the road can be used until a more permanent solution can be found.

About John Surratt

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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