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Work begins on Enid Lake Bridge

Published Jan. 9, 2020
ENID, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District began work to replace the Pope Road access bridge at the main entrance to Enid Lake, located approximately one mile off Interstate 55 in Yalobusha, Panola and Lafayette counties.

The bridge was closed May 2018 after a routine inspection found deficiencies. A Rock Construction Company from Greenwood, Mississippi, was awarded the contract to demolish the existing bridge and to construct its replacement. Demolition will begin in January, and construction of the new bridge will begin shortly after the demolition’s completion.

The area around the bridge will remain closed until work is completed. Visitors should be prepared to detour around the bridge closure and to use alternate routes to the Enid Lake Field Office and recreation areas near Enid Dam.

Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada lakes, the four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility, were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.

Jessica Dulaney

Release no. 20-003