Highway improvement projects continue across northwest Mississippi

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BATESVILLE, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced several construction and maintenance projects in northwest Mississippi.

“These projects are vital to our communities in northwest Mississippi, and they wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous level of support we receive from our state Legislature and executive branch,” said Mitch Turner, District 2 Engineer.

Bridge replacement on State Route 35 in Attala County

A project is underway to replace a bridge on State Route 35 just north of Kosciusko in Attala County. All pilings for the new bridge have been driven, and the contractor has removed the existing box culvert.

The $6.5 million contract was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company, Inc. of Lake and is expected to be completed in summer 2024.

Roundabout construction at U.S. 72 and State Route 7 in Benton County

Work is progressing on the construction of a roundabout at the U.S. 72 and State Route 7 intersection in Benton County. The contractor is removing asphalt and backfilling curbs with borrow material. Construction has started on foundation work for the overhead signs.

The $7.8 million project was awarded to Xcavators, Inc. of Falkner, and work is expected to be completed in summer 2024.

Bridge replacements on State Route 9 in Calhoun County

Work is progressing on the replacement of four bridges on State Route 9 south of Calhoun City in Calhoun County. At Site 1, the contractor has finished constructing the box bridge and is in the process of constructing Bridge A. At Site 2, the contractor is in the process of driving the last remaining piles for the project at Bridge D.

The $24 million contract was awarded to Manhattan Road & Bridge Company of Little Rock, Ark., and work is expected to be completed in winter 2024.

Bridge replacements on State Route 8 in Calhoun and Grenada Counties

A project to replace four bridges on State Route 8 over Butputter Creek is underway in Calhoun and Grenada counties. In Grenada County, the contractor has finished pouring the last bridge deck at Bridge A. In Calhoun County, all bridge railings have been completed.

The $25 million contract was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction, Inc. of Columbia and is expected to be completed in fall 2024.

Bridge replacement on State Route 35 in Carroll County

A project to replace a bridge on State Route 35 over Big Sand Creek continues in Carroll County.

The bridge is being built in the original location, and a detour bridge was built to handle traffic during construction. Traffic has been moved onto the new bridge and the contractor has finished removing the detour bridge and constructing one of the abutments end caps.

The $6.5 million project was awarded to Century Construction Group of Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in spring 2024.

Bridge replacements on State Route 442 in Leflore County

Work is progressing on the replacement of five bridges on SR 442 in Leflore County.

Site 1 and 2 are paved through the binder lift and are open to traffic. The contractor moved operations to site 5 and plans to replace and reopen the site by spring planting season. Site 5 piles, caps, end walls, bridge deck and bridge rails have been poured. Remaining work includes the placement of guardrail and asphalt pavement.

The $12.4 million contract was awarded to Talbot Brothers Contracting Co. Inc. of Nesbit. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2025.

Mill and overlay on I-55 in Panola County

A project to mill and overlay 13 miles of I-55 from 1.8 miles north of State Route 35 to the Tate County line is underway in Panola County. The contractor is replacing the guardrail and will resume paving as weather permits.

The $28.3 million project was awarded to Lehman-Roberts Company, and work is expected to be completed in summer 2024.

Bridge replacements on State Route 6 in Quitman County

A project to replace two bridges on State Route 6 in Marks is underway. The two bridges are over Cassidy Bayou (Bridge A) and Coldwater River (Bridge B). The contractor is nearing completion of the deck on Bridge A and continues to remove the old alignment of SR 6 on the east end of the project. The final box culvert is complete and will be backfilled as weather permits.

W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Company of Jackson was awarded the $29.8 million contract. Construction is expected to be completed in winter 2024.

Bridge replacements on State Route 3 in Tate and Tunica counties

Work is progressing on two bridge replacements on State Route 3 in Tate and Tunica counties. The bridges are being built over the CNIC Railroad and the Coldwater River near Savage. They are being constructed on a new alignment, adjacent to the existing road.

Traffic has been moved onto the new alignment and bridges. The contractor is removing the old bridges and regrading the old alignment. The railroad bridge has been removed.

The $25.5 million project was awarded to Talbot Brothers Contracting Co. Inc. Work is expected to be completed in spring 2024.

Intersection improvements on U.S. 51 in Tunica County

A $3.6 million project to install a directional median and intersection improvements is underway in Tunica County.

The contractor has installed perimeter silt fence and is installing traffic control devices.

The contract was awarded to Ste-Bil Grading Inc. of Waterford. Work is expected to be completed in summer 2024.

Work zone safety

Highway work zones are meant to protect the traveling public and workers on the side of the road. 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.

MDOT project website

Stay up to date on MDOT’s significant, active projects by visiting GoMDOT.com/Projects. The webpage provides up-to-date information on project timelines, progress and any potential road closures or detours that may be associated with the project.

For more information about these and other MDOT maintenance and construction projects, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app, visit MDOTtraffic.com and like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and X, formerly Twitter.

3 comments
  1. Grover Wilkinson
    Grover Wilkinson
    March 29, 2024 at 11:49 AM

    What has happened to the motto of keep Mississippi hyways beautiful
    There is currently a crew working along US 84 between Meadville and Natchez that are pushing using an excavator to push trees of all sizes over and down into the adjacent timber, some of them break off and some will uproot and leave a unsightly mess of roots and dirt ball exposed
    This is a horrible way to promote state beauty
    I know that we as mississippians are considered stupid and ignorant and what you are doing does not help this image in the least
    Whomever thinks that this is ok with the people who take pride in this state, are stupid and you need to be replaced with people who can love the state and be better stewards
    Thank you and please try to do better and don’t trash out our beautiful roads

    Reply
  2. Gary Guthrie
    Gary Guthrie
    March 29, 2024 at 12:00 PM

    What about the proposed Round-A-Bout in Philadelphia? According to information i have it’s to be started this summer.

    Reply
  3. Lane
    Lane
    March 29, 2024 at 9:28 PM

    Think they could stripe hwy 35 south of Kosciusko. There are sections where there are no lines.

    Reply

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