The Merrill Bridge was built in 1928 where the Leaf and Chickasawhay rivers form the head waters of the Pascagoula. The bridge consists of two spans. Both of the spans consist of Parker through truss. If you don’t like heights you might find the open deck slightly unnerving, but the sight of the bridge and the views it offers are a reward. A 1955 aerial of the bridge shows that the adjacent Illinois Central Railroad Bridge was at one point a similar two span bridge which is sadly gone, replaced with a boring looking trestle. The span was named a Mississippi Landmark in 1993. The bridge has been closed for repairs and will open sometime in 2017.
Directions: Drive Hwy 596, Salem Road over the Pascagoula River then it becomes Main Street, Merrill/Lucedale, and George County, MS. Approach from the west side of the river on Hwy 57 and travele a little over 3 miles on dirt road.
Phone: For information to view, call the City of Lucedale, 601.947.7503 Business hours 7:00am-4:00pm
Accessibility: The bridge is closed and not accessible.