HATTIESBURG, MS - This is a news release from MDOT
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)'s Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King announces the following summary of projects currently underway in South Mississippi's fourteen counties located in MDOT's District Six.
1- U.S. Highway 49 Reconstruction Project at Camp Shelby, Forrest County
Work began in March on a roadway enhancement project involving 3.4 miles of U.S. Highway 49 from U.S. Highway 98 to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg. T.L. Wallace of Columbia, MS. was awarded the $11.5 million project. The project will involve increasing shoulder widths in the median and along the outside of the roadway and redesigning the median crossovers to improve sight distance and drainage. The project includes ITS improvements which will allow for traffic monitoring and collection of real time data. Final work on the project is scheduled for completion in summer of 2016.
2-Interstate 10 Reconstruction Projects, Hancock County
Work has begun on the first of two projects along Interstate 10 in Hancock County. Both projects were awarded to Warren Paving, Inc. of Hattiesburg and will involve placing an open-graded friction course of asphalt to improve the visibility and drainage during rain. The first project begins at the Louisiana state line and extends 14 miles to Highway 43 and Highway 603. The total cost for this project is $11.5 million. The second project begins at Highway 43 and Highway 603 and extends three miles to Diamondhead. The total cost for this project is $3.8 million. The projects are scheduled to be completed by fall of 2015.
3-Interstate 59 Bridge Widening Project, Pearl River, Forrest, & Lamar Counties:
Work began in 2014 on a project to widen five bridges along Interstate 59 in Pearl River, Forrest, and Lamar Counties. Three others will have rails repaired. Key, LLC was awarded the $8.9 million design-build project. Along with improving the day to day travel for motorists using these eight bridges, in the event of hurricane contraflow, the bridges will now allow assess for critical emergency services. Final completion is scheduled for by July 2015.
4-U.S. Highway 98 Resurfacing Project, Greene County:
Work began in January to resurface nine miles of U.S. Highway 98 in Greene County, from Highway 57 to the George County Line. The $4 million project was awarded to Warren Paving, Inc. Work on the project is scheduled for completion by May 2015.
5-Interstate 59 Resurfacing Project, Jasper County:
Work began in 2014 to resurface 13 miles of Interstate 59 from the Jones/Jasper County line to Vossburg. The $16.6 million project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders, LLC. The project includes resurfacing I-59 with a treated surface to improve driver visibility and traction during wet conditions. Work will include repairing some drainage structures throughout the project. Work is scheduled to be completed by June 2015.
6-Interstate 10 /110 Interchange Improvements, Harrison County (Phase 1):
Work began in July 2013 on the I-10 and I-110 interchange improvement project in Harrison County. The project includes the construction of new interchanges at D'Iberville Boulevard and Lamey Bridge Road, the realignment of the I-110/I-10 loops, and the installation of auxiliary traffic lanes to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for motorists entering and exiting the interstate. Phase I of the project was awarded to Gulf Equipment Corporation of Theodore, Alabama for $29.7 million.
Construction of the D'Iberville Blvd. Bridge is nearing completion and the interchange is scheduled to open within three months. Work will begin soon on the loop connecting I-10 East to Highway 15/67 North, which will require closing Exit 46 B. Work is nearing completion on the new Lamey Bridge I-10 off-ramp. Work is scheduled for completion by August 2015.
7-Interstate 10 / 110 Interchange Improvements, Harrison County (Phase II):
Work continues on a second major highway improvement project in the I-10/I-110 area of D'Iberville which will provide access to Big Ridge Road and I-110. This second phase of improvements will be conducted concurrently with Phase I (listed directly above). Both projects will ultimately provide more options to navigate through and around D'Iberville. The new Big Bridge Road Bridge has been completed and roadway work is underway to construct bridge approaches. Phase II of the project was awarded to Mallette Brothers Construction of Gautier, MS for $11.4 million. The project is scheduled for completion by August 2015.
8-Highway 607 Reconstruction and Expansion Project, Hancock County:
Work has begun on the second phase of a project that began in 2013 to four-lane Highway 607 from Texas Flat Road to Interstate 59. The project was awarded to TCB Construction Company of Poplarville for $15.2 million. The current phase of work involves converting the current roadway into two northbound lanes; the southbound lanes have been completed and open to traffic. The project will provide a four-lane north to south corridor in Hancock County, allowing hurricane evacuation to Interstate 59. Work is scheduled for completion by October 2015.
9-U.S. Highway 90 / Highway 611 / Highway 63 Interchange Project (Phase Two), Jackson County:
Work continues on the second and final phase of a comprehensive highway reconstruction project along Highway 611 in Jackson County. Mallette Brothers Construction of Gautier was awarded the $13.6 million project. The project involves widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery, railroad crossing replacements, as well as relocation and reconstruction of several intersections. The highway is being widened on each side in phases, and motorists can expect intermittent one-lane traffic during construction. The Mississippi Development Authority awarded Jackson County with the $35 million two phase project. Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2015.
10-U.S. Highway 49 Bridge Replacement Project, Harrison County:
Work is nearing completion on a bridge replacement project that began in 2012 along U.S. Highway 49 over Little Biloxi River in Harrison County. Tanner Construction Company, Inc. of Ellisville, MS was awarded the $6.8 million project. Final work on the project is set for completion by May 2015.