Mississippi gets ready to repair highway collapse from Ida

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Mississippi will soon start rebuilding a section of highway that collapsed during torrential rainfall brought by Hurricane Ida …

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Mississippi will soon start rebuilding a section of highway that collapsed during torrential rainfall brought by Hurricane Ida

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi will soon start rebuilding a section of highway that collapsed during torrential rainfall brought by Hurricane Ida, the head of the state Department of Transportation says.

Two people were killed and nine were injured Aug. 30 as seven vehicles plunged, one after another, into a deep pit that opened up on the dark, rural stretch of Mississippi Highway 26 near Lucedale. One of the injured people died in a hospital Sept. 11.

Department of Transportation Director Brad White told legislative budget writers Friday that the department has completed a geotechnical review and will choose a company early next month to repair the damage for about $1.2 million. He said the highway could reopen in about 45 days.

“I don’t know of any preventative maintenance that could’ve been done prior to the storm,” White said.

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