MDOT bridge project underway on I-59

MDOT bridge project underway on I-59

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - If you've traveled down I-59 lately, you've probably noticed there's a lot of bridge work being done which tends to cause traffic to slow down.

This is an $8.9 million dollar MDOT bridge project which is taking place in Forrest, Lamar and Pearl River counties.

Work began in April of last year and it's designed to widen the bridges down the interstate. MDOT officials say that they are improving the day to day travel for motorist and it will also improve Contraflow which usually occurs when both sides of the interstate is used to evacuate residents from the coastal areas.

It will also give access for critical emergency service vehicles and allow for a safe place for motorists to get off the roadway in an emergency situation.

The contract for the bridge repairs was awarded to Key, LLC and they are expecting the work to be completed sometime this fall. There are three that are also going to have their rails repaired.

The public is urged to use extreme caution when traveling through these work sites and pay close attention to the signs that are set up, notifying motorists which lanes to merge into.