The Lorraine Road bridge over the Biloxi River is being closed today at 2 p.m. and will be closed until an in-depth safety analysis has been done on the bridge's substructure, including underwater.
There is no immediate word on when the bridge would re-open.
City engineers in Gulfport and Biloxi made the decision to close the bridge after reviewing its condition.
About 3,600 vehicles use the two-lane bridge on an average day, according to Gulf Regional Planning Commission. The state has said the bridge has a sufficiency rating of 27.8 out of 100, and the bridge's weight limit is 30,000 pounds. This means some school buses and large trucks were discouraged from using the bridge.