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Bridge closure frustrates Madison Co. commuters

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The original email from Madison County officials advised that Gluckstadt Road at Church Road would be closed 2 to 3 weeks to allow a contractor to replace the bridge.

That was October 10th and the bridge is still closed. 

It's a problem that has created a commuter's nightmare and prompted one viewer to call 3 On Your Side for help.

It's only a few feet, but to Madison County commuters, it's miles of frustration.

Kim Traywick is one of those commuters from Gluckstadt.

She works at an animal clinic that was; so to speak, a stone's throw away when the Gluckstadt- Church Road bridge was open.

"The reason why everybody's so upset about it, I know I'm not the only one, is first of all, you got school going on; you have people going to work," Traywick said. "It would take me 15 minutes to get to work, whereas it's taking me an hour, over an hour sometimes. I have been late everyday. I can't drop off my son to school earlier than 7:00, so I have to get him there at 7:00 and then I leave to come here. That's literally 7 miles away and it's taking me over an hour."

What irritates Traywick even more is the fact that there's been no visible progress in repairing the bridge.

"Weather's been fine," Traywick said. "They're not working on it. So now they're saying, they're talking about it's going to be the end of the year."

Indeed, on the day we filmed this story, you could see no construction activity in sight.

Traywick says it's been that way since October 17th.

Asked about the different route she had to take

"Different route, either, the only places you can go is 463, Bozeman or you have to go all around Stribling for this one little area just to cross over the Gluckstadt bridge and, it literally, I went from 15 minutes to coming to work to over an hour," Traywick said.

Traywick says businesses in the area are also suffering.

County officials did reopen Gluckstadt Road briefly earlier this month; November 4th, then closed again November 9th.

November 8th was Election Day.

WLBT was referred to Madison County engineer Rudy Warnock for comment.

So far, he has not responded to voicemail or emailed messages.

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