25 year Mississippi Highway project complete

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation's (MDOT) District Six is marking the completion of two major projects spanning Wayne, George and Greene Counties in a ribbon cutting scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm. The ribbon cutting will take place at the cloverleaf on U.S. Highway 84 in Waynesboro where Highway 84 and Highway 45 intersect.

The four-lane construction of 25 miles of roadway on Highway 63 and Highway 57 in George and Greene Counties is now completed. This provides a north-south four-lane corridor through Mississippi from the Coast to Tennessee, involving new roadway from Highway 63 along the coast, to Highway 57 at Leakesville, then connecting to Highway 45 at State Line and ending near Corinth at the Tennessee state line. The project was awarded in 2008 to Tanner Construction of Ellisville for $42.1 million.

The $26.3 million U.S. Highway 84 project, awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders of Laurel, began in 2009, and involved expanding the two-lane highway into four lanes, building a new bridge, and constructing roadway on new location. The newly constructed 10 mile section of roadway ties into what is known as the "El Camino Corridor", providing a four-lane corridor from Natchez at the Louisiana state line continuing east to the Alabama state line. This project signifies the completion of the 1987 Four- Lane Program in Mississippi.

"This ribbon cutting gives all stakeholders an opportunity to celebrate the completion of two monumental corridor projects here in the Southern part of our state," said Southern Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown. "These historic projects stand as a testament both to transportation leaders in our state and the citizens of Mississippi who make the investment to improve transportation infrastructure through tax dollars. We are proud of everyone who played a part in the design and implementation of these important projects."