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MDOT plans to close a dangerous intersection in Jones County


The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin construction on an intersection improvement project at the intersection of Magnolia Road (Highway 184) and U.S. Highway 84 East in Jones County.  Dunn Roadbuilders was awarded the $1.05 million project.  The contractor plans to begin construction in January 2013.

The scope of the project includes the installation of a safety measure known as a "J-Turn" which, upon completion, will improve the design of the intersection by reducing the number of traffic accidents. 

"In keeping with MDOT's priority of safety, engineers have been working on a plan for quite some time, resulting in an innovative design aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of this intersection," said MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King.  "Both before and during the construction phase, MDOT encourages motorists to exercise extreme caution as they travel through this intersection." 

The project will include the construction of concrete islands to prevent traffic from crossing the median at the intersection and the installation of concrete curb and gutters within the median.  Motorists traveling east and westbound on Highway 84 will be allowed to make the left hand turn to access Magnolia Road and Highway 184.  However, there will be no access to the Highway 84 westbound 184 or Highway 84 eastbound from Magnolia Road.  Motorists will be directed to use cross-overs located both east and west of the intersection. 

During construction, the traveling public can anticipate intermittent lane closures and reduced speeds in the work zone areas.  The project is scheduled for completion next spring.

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