Cedar Lake Bridge now closed to truck traffic

The Cedar Lake Bridge today was closed to 18-wheelers and other heavy commercial vehicles after an inspection showed support beams are deteriorating under the aging bridge, which is on Cedar Lake Road north of Interstate 10..

Automobiles and pickup trucks can continue to use the bridge; however, 18-wheelers and other trucks must detour around the bridge, using the Cedar Lake exit off I-10 to access areas south of the bridge, or Old Highway 67 to access areas north of the bridge. Notices were being posted today near the bridge.

Said Public Works Director Richard Sullivan: “This means that the effective today, this bridge cannot be used by such vehicles as dump trucks, school or church buses, or essentially any vehicle larger than a typical pickup truck.”

More than 4,100 vehicles use the Cedar Lake Bridge on an average day, according to Gulf Regional Planning Commission traffic counts.

The bridge, which Harrison County transferred to the City of Biloxi on Jan. 1, was deemed off limits to heavy trucks after the city had it inspected today by structural engineers.