• Bridge maintenance and highway preservation in northeast Mississippi

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has projects underway to preserve and maintain highways and bridges in northeast Mississippi, said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District.Bridge maintenance on State Route 145 in Prentiss County

    A bridge replacement project continues on State Route 145 in Prentiss County.

    Work continues on this project to replace six bridges and a box culvert along State Route 145 in Prentiss County. The existing timber pile bridges and culvert were built in the 1940s. MDOT engineers placed weight restrictions on each of the bridges which presented safety concerns for the traveling public. The project covers four separate sites.

    Site 1 included three bridges over Twenty Mile Creek, Wolf Creek and the Wolf Creek Tributary. The three bridges are now open for the traveling public.

    Site 2 includes one bridge replacement over Osborne Creek and one box culvert extension. County Road 7090 will be realigned as part of the project. Crews are currently doing earth work at the site. A signed detour is in place.

    Site 3, north of State Route 4, will rebuild one bridge over King’s Creek. Site 4, north of Thrasher Road, will replace one bridge with a new box culvert. Sites 3 and Site 4 have a construction timeline of May 2019 to July 2019. Detours will be in place.

    MDOT anticipates the entire project to be complete by early summer 2020.

    “These bridges have been on MDOT’s deficient bridge list and have become a public safety issue,” Tagert said. “These projects will increase safety and mobility throughout the region.”

    Bridge maintenance on State Route 178 in Itawamba County

    At Johns Creek in Itawamba County, a temporary detour bridge is in place while crews construct a new, permanent bridge on State Route 178.

    Work to replace seven bridges along State Route 178 in Itawamba County is on schedule.

    Traffic is moving on the new bridges over Lick Skillet Creek, Gum Creek, Cypress Creek, a relief slough bridge, Hickory Creek and Bull Mountain Creek Bridge.

    At Johns Creek, a temporary detour bridge is in place while crews construct a new, permanent bridge. A second bridge over Johns Creek will be replaced with a box culvert, which is currently under construction.

    “The original bridges were constructed in the 1930s, and they have outlived their serviceable life spans,” Tagert said. “When the project is completed, it will put this section of State Route 178 back in full service.”

    Bridge maintenance on State Route 245 in Lee County

    The existing timber pile bridge, located about two miles south of Shannon on State Route 256, was built in 1934 and has posted weight restrictions. Inspections revealed decaying piles and section loss in the steel girders.

    The new bridge is open to traffic while crews finish smoothing and sealing the pavement.

    “The Tubbalubba Creek Bridge had outlived its design life and could become unsafe for the traveling public,” Tagert said. “The new bridge has a design life of 75 years and will increase commerce and mobility in the area.”

    Four-lane expansion on State Route 15 in Pontotoc County

    Crews work on a project to expand State Route 15 in Pontotoc County from two lanes to four will stretch approximately eight miles from State Route 76 north to the Union County line.

    A $21.5 million construction project to expand State Route 15 in Pontotoc County from two lanes to four will stretch approximately eight miles from State Route 76 north to the Union County line.

    Crews have completed foundation and soil stabilization work on the north end of the project. Paving is expected to start by mid-November on the north end.

    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 Bridge, 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 intersection of State Route 345 will also be realigned.

    The project was awarded to Talbot Brothers, of Nesbit, in April. The estimated completion will be summer 2020.

    Construction zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that can cause confusion to some motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

    “Workers may be present on these maintenance and construction projects,” Said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “MDOT encourages drivers to slow down in work zones so our crew members can make it home safe to their families.”

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

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