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Traffic AlertSouthern2635Smith, Jas NTraffic is currently being detoured and the road has been removed from official hurricane evacuation routes to avoid traffic bottlenecks through the detour.

January 17, 2019

Contact: Public Affairs Division

601-359-9777

MDOT News Releases: http://ow.ly/MBEPB

State Route 57 Bridge replacement underway in Jackson County

HATTIESBURG, MISS.--Replacement of the State Route 57 bridge over Red Creek is underway in Jackson County. All of the beams have been set. The contractor is forming the closure diaphragms between the beams so the post tensioning process can be started. Once the post tensioning is complete, it will be time to start forming the deck.

 

In September 2017, the bridge was closed after being struck by a truck carrying a track hoe. A contract for construction of the new bridge was awarded to Tanner Construction Company, Inc. in Laurel for $7.7 million on January 9, 2018. Construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete in late summer 2019. The new bridge will be concrete and accessible to all forms of traffic, benefiting residents, businesses, commercial vehicle and freight traffic and promote economic development in the area.

 

“This is an important bridge for the Gulf Coast and south Mississippi,” said King. “This bridge serves residents and businesses in Jackson County both as an evacuation route and connector between the coast and central and north Mississippi.”  

 

Traffic is currently being detoured and the road has been removed from official hurricane evacuation routes to avoid traffic bottlenecks through the detour. Because this bridge was on MDOT’s priority replacement list, plans were already complete and right of way had been acquired. MDOT’s process for early plan development of at-risk bridges saved taxpayers from having to pay half a million dollars to repair a bridge that was already deficient and warranted replacement. By doing this, MDOT was able to get a contract in place and start construction on a new bridge much sooner.

 

For updates on this and other active MDOT projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com.

 

PHOTOS:

https://file-exchange.mdot.state.ms.us/dl/?f=f6ea9c3099bd8975a4a08574f08b7a6f8578d4ec

 

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“Crews are working on the State Route 57 bridge over Red Creek in Jackson County. The bridge was struck and damaged in September 2017. Construction of the new bridge is expected to be completed in late fall 2019. For updates on this and other active MDOT projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com.

  

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

1/17/2019 9:28 AMState Route 57 Bridge replacement underway in Jackson CountyNew
  
Traffic AlertSouthern2634Smith, Jas NThe bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future until the bridge can be repaired or replaced.  Traffic should detour to U.S. Highway 84.

January 16, 2019

Contact: Public Affairs Division

601-359-9777

MDOT News Releases: http://ow.ly/MBEPB

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:
State Route 184 in Jones County closed

(Jan 16, 2019)

 

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   

WHAT:        State Route 184 closed in both directions. 

WHEN:        December 28, 2018, until repaired or replaced.

WHERE:      State Route 184 in Jones County at Dry Swamp Creek near Laurel.

WHY:          On December 28 the bridge was struck by a large tree and large amounts of debris from a structure that washed downstream, while rushing water washed away a significant amount of the surrounding bank and west bridge abutment.

HOW:          Engineers are currently evaluating the bridge’s condition and the best plan to address the damage. The bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future until the bridge can be repaired or replaced.  Traffic should detour to U.S. Highway 84 until the bridge is operational.

PHOTOS: (Corrected link)

https://file-exchange.mdot.state.ms.us/dl/?f=e8a5f5f3305d6d86e3be95adb3a5521ba3b58f7f

 

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Photos 1-4 – “On December 28 the State Route 184 bridge in Jones County was struck by a large tree and large amounts of debris from a structure that washed downstream. The bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future until the bridge can be repaired or replaced.  Traffic should detour to U.S. Highway 84 until the bridge is operational.”

Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app or follow @MississippiDOT on social media.

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

 
1/16/2019 3:02 PMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 184 in Jones County closed
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SafetyStatewide2633Ponder, JaceMDOT is assisting the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in its efforts to monitor an infectious deer disease.

January 13, 2019
Contact: Public Affairs Division
601-359-9777
MDOT News Releases:
http://ow.ly/MBEPB
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MDOT helps monitor chronic wasting disease 

JACKSON, MISS. - The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is assisting the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in its efforts to monitor an infectious deer disease.

In the past year, MDWFP has reported six cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Mississippi. CWD is a brain-degenerating disease that primarily affects deer and other cervids. It has been found in 25 other states, including Tennessee and Arkansas.

MDWFP set a goal to sample 5,000 deer for CWD throughout the state during the current hunting season. As front line employees, MDOT maintenance workers are often responsible for removing road kill from highways and rights-of-way.

“Since MDOT maintenance workers monitor the highways daily, they are in a unique position to assist our fellow state agency achieve its sampling goal,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission. “By notifying MDWFP of deer locations, MDOT is helping wildlife agents to more efficiently gather CWD data.”

According to MDWFP officials, road kill is the second best sample source after sick deer observed in the environment. Samples from hunted deer are the next best source.

CWD is caused by misfolded brain proteins called “prions.” Prions are able to survive in infected animals, soil, vegetation and water. Deer contract the disease by eating infected food, drinking infected water or coming into contact with infected animals.

“While the number of cases are few and geographically diverse, MDOT is joining MDWFP in being proactive to locate potential CWD cases,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “By working together, we can better understand CWD, its effects and how it spreads in the environment.”

To assist MDWFP, MDOT workers move road kill to the edge of the right-of-way and record the GPS location. After wildlife agents take a sample, the deer is left in place to prevent any potential transmission.

MDWFP has also established drop off locations throughout the state which allow hunters to submit deer for sampling. More samples are needed, especially in the southern counties.

“MDOT workers serve the state in ways many Mississippians are not aware of, and shared government resources are a benefit to every taxpayer,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Hunting is an important part of the economy and way of life in Mississippi. Citizens can help by submitting deer for sampling.”

For more information about CWD, visit www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/chronic-wasting-disease/.
 

GRAPHIC CUTLINE - An MDOT training flyer for maintenance employees about handling road kill deer.
VIDEO – MDOT Chronic Wasting Disease

 

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1/14/2019 8:59 AMMDOT helps monitor chronic wasting disease
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Select...Statewide2632Scott, JasonJeff Ely has been appointed Assistant Chief Engineer – Preconstruction of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), announced Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director.

Ely appointed Assistant Chief Engineer

 

JACKSON, MISS. – Jeff Ely has been appointed Assistant Chief Engineer – Preconstruction of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), announced Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director.

 

In his new role, Ely will oversee and coordinate the work of MDOT’s Bridge, Roadway Design, Planning, Right of Way and Environmental divisions. The pre-construction phase is a major and vital component to any construction project. All planning and design activities, as well as right of way acquisition and environmental considerations, are handled during the pre-construction phase.

 

Ely began his career with MDOT in 2002 as an Engineer-In-Training in the Planning Division where he was involved in feasibility studies, roadway inventory and the development of MDOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. In 2012, Ely was named director of the division.

 

A native of Jackson County, Ely graduated from Mississippi State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

 

He currently resides in Brandon with his wife, Jamie, and their daughters, Hayden and Carsen.

 

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

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SafetyStatewide2631Smith, Jas NThe Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has joined various agencies across the state and country to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

January 11, 2019

Contact: Public Affairs Division

601-359-9777

MDOT News Releases: http://ow.ly/MBEPB

MDOT continues the fight against human trafficking

JACKSON, MISS.--- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has joined various agencies across the state and country to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking continues to be among the fastest-growing crimes nationwide. Many government agencies are stepping forward to enhance awareness of issues and implementing methods to combat this increasing problem.

 

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) reported 24 cases of some form of human trafficking in Mississippi in 2017 and an alarming 4,460 cases of human trafficking in the United States. Many victims of this crime are not in one place long enough to form social connections and are often transported throughout the country in commercial motor vehicles. MDOT’s Office of Enforcement plays a critical role in combating this issue and uncovering these victims.

 

Since 2015, in coordination with Gov. Phil Bryant’s Human Trafficking Task Force, all MDOT Enforcement Officers have been trained on how to identify and police human trafficking on state highways and at weigh stations. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of others. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including the U.S., and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights issues today.

 

“MDOT’s Office of Enforcement is combating this terrible crime year-round,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “MDOT’s officers are trained to know what to look for and how to help victims when found.”

 

The public can report information about a potential trafficking situation by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888. Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.humantraffickinghotline.org or by emailing help@humantraffickinghotline.org. Participate in the discussion on social media by using the hashtag #endtrafficking.

 

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

1/11/2019 8:26 AMMDOT continues the fight against human trafficking
  
Traffic AlertNorthern2630Ponder, JaceBridge maintenance on State Route 6 at Fourmile Creek will close the inside travel lanes in both directions. The Cannon Road crossover to Brittany Woods subdivision will also be closed during the work.

January 10, 2019
Contact: Public Affairs Division
601-359-9777
MDOT News Releases:
http://ow.ly/MBEPB

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 
State Route 6 lane closure Lafayette County

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   

WHAT:        Lane closures. Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

WHEN:        Beginning Thursday, January 10 for approximately 10 weeks.

WHERE:      State Route 6 at Fourmile Creek Bridge near Brittany Woods in Lafayette County.  

WHY:          Bridge maintenance.  

HOW:          Bridge maintenance on State Route 6 will close the inside travel lanes in both directions. The Cannon Road crossover to Brittany Woods subdivision will also be closed during the work.

Advanced warning signs will be in place. Motorists are reminded to be on high alert for roadside workers during this closure. Learn how to navigate a highway work zone safely, as well as other safe driving tips atGoMDOT.com/drivesmartms

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

 

1/10/2019 10:55 AMTRAFFIC ADISORY: State Route 6 lane closure Lafayette County
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