• Safety, efficiency highlight projects in MDOT’s District 2

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced a progress update on highway projects in District 2.

    “Construction projects in Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Quitman, Tallahatchie and Tate Counties are moving forward,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. “These projects are necessary for improving the safety and efficiency of our transportation infrastructure in North Mississippi.”

    State Route 6 Bridge Replacements in Coahoma and Quitman Counties

    Construction continues on the multi-bridge replacement project along State Route 6 between Batesville and Clarksdale.

    “This section of Highway 6 sees a great deal of agricultural traffic, especially during peak growing seasons,” Tagert said. “Replacing the bridges along this route is vital to the efficient movement of goods and services throughout the region.”

    The project includes 11 bridges being replaced: eight with new bridges, one with a box bridge and two with box culverts. Three of the bridge replacements are complete and back open to traffic along the mainline of State Route 6. Additionally, two bridges over the Tallahatchie River have been repaired under this contract. MDOT anticipates this project will be complete by fall 2017.

    Funding for this project was made available through funds from the passage of House Bill 1630, known as the “Gaming Bill,” during the 2015 Legislative Session.

    State Route 32 Bridge Replacements in Tallahatchie County

    This project will replace three bridges and several small drainage structures along Highway 32. The project also calls for the construction of a new bridge over the railroad just east of Webb. MDOT anticipates this project will be complete in fall 2018.

    A second project is also under construction to replace two bridges approximately two and a half miles west of Highway 35. MDOT expects this project to be complete in fall 2017.

    In early 2017, MDOT will let a third project to contract that will replace seven bridges along Highway 32. MDOT is finalizing the plans for this project, but no estimated completion date has been set. 

    “The 12 bridges that these three projects will replace have been repaired multiple times and are posted at 15 tons or less,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “These are steel beam bridges with timber pilings that were built in the late 1940s. Weather and wear and tear have made them a safety hazard for motorists.”

    Funding for these projects was also made available from the passage of the “Gaming Bill.”

    U.S. Highway 51 Coldwater River Bridge Replacement in Tate County

    Construction is progressing on the replacement of the U.S. Highway 51 Bridge over the Coldwater River in Tate County. The project will replace the existing 1,100-foot bridge with a new 2,000-foot bridge and raise the roadway by four feet to prevent future flooding. Currently, crews are driving new bridge pilings while continuing to finish dirt and drainage work.

    The bridge was originally scheduled for replacement in November 2016; however, damage sustained to the bridge during a March flood event caused MDOT to close the bridge and move the project timeline forward. MDOT closed the Coldwater River Bridge on March 11, and it will remain closed until the replacement project is complete.

    A signed detour route is in place directing motorists to use Interstate 55 between Hernando and Coldwater. MDOT anticipates the project will be complete in mid-winter 2017.

    Interstate 269 in DeSoto and Marshall Counties

    Construction of the Interstate 269 project is on schedule in North Mississippi. This is the largest active MDOT construction project in the state. Dirt and bridge work for the entire Interstate 269 corridor is complete. The next phase of the project involves two separate paving projects, the largest of which has been let to contract, and work has begun. The second paving project contract was awarded, but MDOT does not anticipate construction to start until early spring. MDOT expects Interstate 269 to be open for traffic in fall 2018.

    The first section of Interstate 269, from Mississippi 302 to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County, was opened to traffic on October 23, 2015.

    Work zones can present confusing and unfamiliar traffic patterns. For information on how to navigate a highway work zone safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

    For more information about MDOT construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app, call Mississippi 511 or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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