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Interstate 10 (I-10) Eastbound, Near Pascagoula
Jackson County, Mississippi

Location: N30-26-16.3 W88-34-42.7

The I-10 Eastbound bridge is located over the Pascagoula River about 10 miles north of the Mississippi Sound, in a transitional area between the ocean and dry land. As a result of high water from the storm surge, a boat was washed inland and crashed into the bridge, damaging the Jersey style concrete parapet on the south side of the bridge.

Figure 1. The storm surge washed this boat ashore.

Photo: J. O'Connor (for MCEER)

Figure 2. Damage to the Jersey style concrete parapet on the south side of the bridge.

Photo: J. O'Connor (for MCEER)

About one mile west of this damage, the eastbound lanes were hit by at least one runaway barge with a crane mounted on it (figure 3). The photo faces northeast and shows just part of the miles long structure. A close up view is shown in Figure 4. The impact displaced the superstructure about four feet to the north and several inches vertically as well as the concrete pier substructure unit. This photo was taken on September 11th after repairs had already been initiated.

The eastbound bridge was closed and all traffic was detoured onto the parallel structure. With traffic limited to one lane in each direction, there was much traffic congestion, hampering relief efforts to the west. Traffic was stop and go for several miles around this bottleneck, causing delays of an hour or more.

Figure 3. The eastbound lanes were hit by a barge with a crane mounted on it.

Photo: J. O'Connor (for MCEER)

Figure 4. Close up view of damage caused by the barge.

Photo: J. O'Connor (for MCEER)

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