Desoto County News

Holly Springs Road reopened after weekend flooding

DeSoto County Government announced Tuesday the reopening of Holly Springs Road near where construction has been ongoing for raising the road level and building new bridges to get the road level above the flood plain level.  

A notice from the county said receding floodwaters had created a large drop off along the edge of the road. County road crews Tuesday finished repairs to the damage.  

The barriers were put back on Holly Springs over the weekend when flooding sent water back above the roadway east of Johnston to Dairy Barn, in the area of the bridges.  

The area that was closed is where the county is in the middle of building three new bridges and raising the road level to 10 feet to get the connector over the floodplain.

The cost of the project, which is being paid for with state, federal, and county money, was initially set at about $35 million.

The county did issue $5 million in bonds as part of the funding, but it comes without a tax increase.

Holly Springs Road typically has to close due to high waters because of its low level after heavy rainfalls drenches the area with no place to flow through.

The project will also include straightening of some dangerous curves in the 2.6 mile area and the rebuilding of the bridges.

A view of some of the damage caused from weekend rainfall along Holly Springs Road last weekend. (Courtesy photo)

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