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Interstate 20 Frontage Road extension project expected to be complete in spring 2023

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18-wheelers on Interstate 20
18-wheelers on Interstate 20 (David Day)

The Interstate 20 Frontage Road extension project in Vicksburg is expected to be completed by spring 2023, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

The project calling for the construction of the Interstate 20 south frontage road extension to U.S. Highway 80 remains underway. The project includes bridge repairs to five bridges within the Vicksburg city limits.

Crews recently opened the new I-20 frontage road extension bridge. The project extends the existing south frontage road from Old Highway 27 to U.S. 80. Crews are currently working on I-20 bridge railing.

The $17.3 million contract was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction, Inc., of Columbia. Work is expected to be completed spring 2023.

MDOT recently announced updates to several maintenance projects in western Mississippi.

“These projects show your tax dollars at work,” said Simmons. “As we enter mowing, maintenance and construction season, motorists are reminded to slow down and be on high alert for roadside workers working to complete these projects as quickly and safely as possible.”

Further projects include:

Work begins on Greenville Bypass

Officials recently broke ground on a project to construct nine miles of four-lane highway known as the U.S. Highway 82 Greenville Bypass from State Route 1 to Leland. Crews have begun clearing, constructing diversion channels, stockpiling materials and installing silt fence along the project site.

The massive project has a contract amount of nearly $137 million and was awarded to Eutaw Construction of Madison. The estimated completion date is fall 2025.

Interstate 55 overlay underway in Copiah County

A mill and overlay of 11 miles of Interstate 55 from the Lincoln County line to Hazlehurst is underway in Copiah County. Crews are currently performing clearing operations along the interstate.

The $16.1 million contract was awarded to W.E. Blain & Sons, of Mount Olive. The anticipated completion date is scheduled for spring 2023.

U.S. Highway 61 overlay in Sharkey County

A lottery-funded project that calls for the overlay of 20 miles of U.S. Highway 61 from the Issaquena County line to Rolling Fork is underway. Crews are currently working on punchout repairs.

The $6.1 million contract was awarded to APAC-Mississippi, Inc., of Jackson. Remaining work is on track to be complete this fall.

U.S. 61 intersection improvements in Jefferson County

A project that provides improvements to the intersection of U.S. 61 and State Route 533 is underway in Jefferson County. Crews are currently working to construct the turn lanes on U.S. 61.

The $2.7 million project was awarded to G. Rayborn Contracting of Natchez. The project is anticipated to be complete this summer.

State Route 3 slide repair in Yazoo County

A slide repair project is underway on State Route 3 approximately three miles north of Satartia in Yazoo County. Clearing operations are currently underway.

The $986,250 contract was awarded to Key, LLC, of Madison. Work is scheduled to be completed this summer.

U.S. 61 intersection improvements in Washington County

Intersection improvements are underway on U.S. 61 at Griffin Road, Stoneville Road, Elizabeth Road and Old U.S. 61. The contractor has completed all roadway construction. Remaining work includes the installation of signage and ITS components.

The $509,520 project was awarded to Webster Electric Company, Inc., of Collinsville. Work is on track to be completed by the fall.

District-wide striping operations underway

A project to place stripe and raised pavement markers on various routes throughout the district is underway. The $1.4 million contract was awarded to TRP Construction, of Fort Worth, Texas. Remaining work is on track to be complete by the end of summer 2022.

“These projects are a major investment into the state’s infrastructure,” said Simmons. “We look forward to seeing these projects through that will greatly improve safety and efficiency throughout western Mississippi.”

Work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

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