Construction begins along Highway 589

Construction begins along Highway 589

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Asphalt removal has begun on a stretch of Highway 589 in Lamar County.
Crews from Tanner Construction out of Laurel were on-site Friday where the roadway had washed away from severe flooding back in early March.

During a board of supervisors meeting Thursday morning, Lamar County officials expressed concerns about the progress of the construction project.

On Thursday, WDAM 7 News made calls to the Mississippi Department of Transportation Spokesman Michael Flood.

"I have been in communication with the construction project manager every day, I have called them every single morning," Flood said. "At this time we do not have a start date, I know last week they were talking about starting this week but it hasn't happened."

By 5 p.m. Thursday, heavy equipment was moving dirt along the northern section of the washout along 589.

On March 11, more than 12 inches of rain fell in portions of the Pine Belt, washing away more than 1,500 feet of roadway along MS 589.

In May, a $976,417 bid was awarded to Tanner Construction.

Completion of the project is expected by November of this year.