NATCHEZ, Miss. — One of two bridges over the Mississippi River between Natchez, Mississippi, and Vidalia, Louisiana, is expected to close for at least a year for repairs.

The Natchez Democrat ( reports the westbound bridge will be closed, meaning one lane of traffic will flow each way over the newer eastbound bridge.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has awarded a $26.8 million contract to replace the pins that hold together the 77-year-old bridge.

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell says one lane westbound will remain open for a time, but eventually the entire bridge will close. Grennell says the project will conclude in April 2019.

Vidalia officials are voicing concerns because the closure could block the city’s Memorial Day parade from crossing the river.

Similar work closed the bridge for seven weeks in 2015.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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