• Four-lane project underway on State Route 15 in Pontotoc County

    A truck passes over the Tanglefoot Trail Bridge on State Route 15 in Pontotoc County. The bridge will be replaced and the grade lowered to match the new bridge in the foreground which built as part of a four-lane project near Ecru.

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will expand a section of State Route 15 in Pontotoc County from two lanes to four.

    The $21.5 million construction project will stretch approximately eight miles from State Route 76 north to the Union County line.

    Crews will begin in Ecru, where State Route 15 will be five lanes, with two travel lanes in each direction and a central turn lane when the project is completed.

    From there crews will construct two new lanes adjacent to the current highway. Earthwork for the two new lanes was completed in October 2017.

    When the two new lanes are completed, traffic will be routed off the existing highway and onto the new lanes. Crews will then mill and overlay the existing lanes.

    The four-lane project also includes replacement or repair of three bridges along the existing highway. On the south end of the project, the Lappatubby Creek Bridge, which was constructed in 1955, will be replaced. The Tanglefoot Trail, which was built in 1971, will be replaced, and the existing roadway will be lowered to a similar grade as the new lanes.

    A third bridge in Ecru crossing the Lappatubby Creek was built in 1971 and will see several repairs and improvements.

    “The project is part of MDOT’s vision to have a four-lane divided highway from Pontotoc to New Albany,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “The section from the Pontotoc County line to New Albany is currently unspecified due to lack of funding.”

    The project was awarded to Talbot Brothers, of Nesbit, in April. It was made possible in part by funding from the Mississippi Development Authority. The estimated completion will be summer 2020.

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