The Mississippi Department of Transportation has provided updates on several projects in the Mississippi Delta region.
Flood debris removal efforts
A project to remove hazardous debris obstructing or lying within MDOT right of way will soon be underway. This includes state Route 465 in Warren and Issaquena Counties, state Route 16 from Rolling Fork to the Little Sunflower River, state Route 16 extending three miles north of Holly Bluff, U.S. Highway 61 from state Route 465 to the Washington County Line and state Route 14 from Anguilla to Louise.
“So far, we’ve been fortunate enough to not have any damages that were beyond the point of repair,” said Dick Hall, commissioner and chairman of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, in a statement. “We continue asking for the traveling public’s patience as crews work to clear all remaining debris from this year’s flood.”
Roadway extension project in Warren County
A project to extend the Interstate 20 South Frontage Road to U.S. Highway 80 has recently been awarded and construction will start soon. The project will extend the existing South Frontage Road from where it currently dead ends at Old Highway 27 to U.S. Highway 80 (state Route 822).
Additionally, five bridges on I-20 within the city limits of Vicksburg were identified as needing new bridge railing and other minor repairs. Work on the I-20 bridges will begin once the South Frontage Road project is complete. Work is set to begin this fall.
Bridge replacements continue in Hinds and Copiah County
A project to replace three bridges and a box bridge on state Route 18 is underway in Hinds and Copiah County. The new deck is being poured at the Bayou Pierre Bridge. On the western side, asphalt has been placed on the new roadway alignment. On the east side, dirt work is underway on the new roadway alignment.
The box bridge at White Oak Tributary No. 2 is under construction. Traffic is using an onsite detour road that was built for use during construction.
The third bridge (over White Oak Tributary No. 1) is also under construction. Crews are currently working on the substructure of the bridge while existing roadway alignment is being reconstructed. Demolition on the fourth bridge over White Oak Creek is scheduled to begin later this month.
A project to repair five slides at four sites along the I-55 corridor in Copiah County began in June 2019. Crews have finished leveling pavement at each site and currently have repaired one slide. The project is scheduled to be complete by summer 2020.
Preservation projects move forward despite flooding
Last year, work began on a project to widen and restore the pavement of approximately four miles of state Route 14 from the intersection of state Route 1 to state Route 826 in Issaquena and Sharkey County. All widening work is complete and pavement operations are underway. Remaining work is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2019.
In Claiborne and Jefferson Counties, a project to overlay approximately six miles of state Route 522 from Alcorn State University to U.S. Highway 61 has recently been awarded. Work is scheduled to be completed next summer.
“Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones,” Hall said. “When approaching work zones, be sure to slow down, pay attention to all posted signage and be on high alert for roadside workers.”
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.
For more information about these or other MDOT maintenance and construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.
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