By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Bryant gave the order Tuesday, five days after the U.S. Department of Transportation sent him a letter saying Mississippi’s bridge-inspection program was not meeting federal standards.
The bridges Bryant ordered closed are in 16 counties: Amite, Carroll, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Humphreys, Itawamba, Jasper, Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lincoln, Newton, Pike, Smith and Wayne.
The order comes about two weeks after Mississippi legislators ended their nearly three-month session without agreeing on a long-term plan to put more money into improving highways and bridges.
Some lawmakers have said they expect Bryant to call a special session at some point to deal with a transportation plan.