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Louisiana announces end to westbound Mississippi River Bridge construction and beginning of eastbound side

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Work on the westbound lanes of the Interstate 20 Mississippi River Bridge is scheduled to be complete by June 5.

In a pair of announcements from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the agency said that work on the westbound lanes will end shortly after work on the eastbound lanes begin.

Eastbound construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26, and end Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.

The following maximum vehicle width restrictions will apply:
10 foot maximum width with the following exception,
16 foot maximum width Fridays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The $27.7 million project will provide a number of significant repairs including the bridge deck, electrical system and roadway lighting components.

Louisiana DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and to be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

 

 

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Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital

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A local man was injured after crashing into a pole Sunday morning.

Vicksburg EMS/Fire and Police were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Mission 66 near its intersection with Military Avenue at around 7:30 Sunday morning.

The vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole.

The driver was transported by Vicksburg Fire Medic 40 to UMMC for treatment.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation into this accident is ongoing.

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Fire at Cato Fashions Saturday evening

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Vicksburg firefighters were called to a fire at Cato Fashions, 2184 Iowa Blvd., Saturday around 6:30 p.m. near the Walmart Supercenter.

Firefighter checks the HVAC vents. (photo by Thomas Parker)

First reports say smoke could be seen coming from the vents, and firefighters are checking the HVAC system for problems. The situation seems well under control.

The store has been evacuated as are staff and customers in nearby stores. There are no reports of injuries.

Numerous Vicksburg fire and police units have responded including Engines 7 and 8, Ladder 15, Rescue, Fire Medic 80 and Battalion 1 (Tim Love).

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updates as we receive them.

See our live, on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.

 

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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president

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A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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