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Road work in the Bovina community causes traffic headaches

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WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Road work and traffic on Highway 80 in the Bovina community is creating headaches for drivers. The section of road closed is near Thornhill Drive in Eastern Warren County.

The road was no match for Mother Nature and it recently collapsed. Now residents have hit a new level of frustration waiting for it to be repaired and reopen, but MDOT officials said it will be worth the wait.

“It needs to be fixed. It needs to be done quickly,” said resident Alexis Maness.

Those who live and work near the washed out section of Highway 80 said their patience is running out as they wait for closed signs to be removed. The more than 60 year old section of road washed out back in March due to excessive flooding, leaving many in the community shocked.

“It was real bad. You couldn't pass through it,” said resident John Bliss.

“Never thought it would washout, but it did,” said resident Elise Parker.

The closed site was bustling with activity Wednesday as trucks delivered rocks to rebuild, and MDOT workers spent the day removing the old road to make way for new one. But many people said the all detours they have to take have become a headache.

“We can't go straight down the highway. We got to go all way around and come out and go down below,” said Bliss.

“It takes longer for me to get to work. I have to go all the way around a detour verses being able to do a straight shoot,” added Maness.

Elise Parker lives less than a mile from the bridge, and because it closed. She said drivers now have to travel her way and it's get pretty noisy, and  the traffic is too much at times.

"They have had plenty of time to fix the road, but has just been sitting there,” said Parker.

The crumbling road is reportedly being replaced with a safer section of highway that will have new curb and gutter this time to prevent erosion.

“We just need it fixed, so we can go straight done the highway and not around,” said Bliss.

The target completion date is May 13  for the road to reopen.

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