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CeremoniesCentral2297Scott, JasonThe Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) broke ground today on a U.S. Highway 49 infrastructure improvement project in Rankin County, announced Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall.

JACKSON, MISS –  The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) broke ground today on a U.S. Highway 49 infrastructure improvement project in Rankin County, announced Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall.

“MDOT recognizes the importance of this section of Highway 49 for commuters and businesses in this area of Rankin County,” Hall said. “This project will also provide a better travel experience for those traveling this section of the Highway 49 corridor from Jackson to the Gulf Coast.”

The project will begin at Eagle Post Road in Florence and extend north approximately eight miles to the beginning of the six-lane section of Highway 49 in Richland.

Because of the size of the project, it has been divided into multiple phases. Phase I will involve removing existing curb and gutters, and widening existing shoulders five feet to maintain four lanes of traffic during construction.   At this time, crews will install new concrete pipe and extend existing box culverts and bridges. Improvements to the intersections at Old Highway 49, State Route 469, Wilson Drive, Harper Street and Gunter Road will also be made during Phase I.

Work on Phase I began Monday, November 13, on Highway 49 southbound near Siemens.

“While the primary purpose of the project is pavement rehabilitation, an added benefit for the traveling public is an additional lane in each direction which will be accomplished by the five foot shoulder widening,” Hall said. “This will increase efficiency for commercial vehicles to move goods and services throughout this region.”

“The nature of this project will require lane closures for the duration,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “However, in an effort to cause as little inconvenience as possible to motorists, MDOT has put strict requirements on when those lane closures can take place.”

During the life of the project, lane closures on Highway 49 northbound will not be allowed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Highway 49 southbound, lane closures will not be allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, lane closures will not be allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on both north and southbound sides of Highway 49.

There will be no closures during major holidays including Wednesday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26. Lane closures will also be suspended Sunday, December 24, through Monday, January 1.

“Motorists traveling in this area of Highway 49 should be alert for roadside workers throughout the entire project,” McGrath said. “Although lane closure times are restricted, work is allowed to take place 24/7 on the project. Motorists are urged to drive slowly and distraction free throughout this work zone at all times.”  

Yates Construction of Philadelphia was awarded the approximately $150 million contract. MDOT anticipates all phases of the project will be complete by fall 2020.

“This stretch of Highway 49 is a critical section of roadway used by thousands of motorists daily,” Hall said. “This project will not only improve infrastructure in Rankin County and the Jackson Metro but will support community development and economic growth throughout the area.”

Work zones can often present unfamiliar traffic patterns. For tips on how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

Stay updated with live travel information, including the latest updates on the Highway 49 project in Rankin County, at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app or call Mississippi 511.

 

PHOTO CUTLINE: State and local officials broke ground on the long-awaited U.S. Highway 49 Infrastructure Improvement Project. The project started Monday, November 13 and is expected to be complete by late summer 2020.

 

Pictured from left: Rep. Andy Gipson, District 77, Rep. Ray Rogers, District 61, Sen. Chris Caughman, District 35, Bob Morris, Mayor of Florence, Jared Morrison, Rankin County Board of Supervisors, District 1, Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Rep. Tom Weathersby, District 62, Pat Sullivan, Mayor of Richland, Sen. Dean Kirby, District 30, Shirley Hall, former Mayor of Richland, Clay Burns, City of Richland Board of Alderman, Beth Sanford, City of Richland Board of Alderman and Cathey Wayne, City of Richland Board of Alderman

 

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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.

11/16/2017 3:57 PMHwy 49 Infrastructure Improvement Project begins in Rankin County (PHOTO ATTACHED)New
  
Traffic AlertCentral229611/13/2017Flood, MichaelWork will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on November 13

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        Lane closures. Stay updated with the latest live travel information on this project and others at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app or call Mississippi 511.

WHEN:        Work will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on November 13. Lane closures are allowed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

 

WHERE:      Work will begin on U.S. Highway 49 southbound near Siemens in Richland.

WHY:          Lane closures are necessary as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.  

HOW:           Get safe driving tips, including how to safely navigate an active work zone, at www.GoMDOT.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.

11/13/2017 3:43 PMTraffic Advisory: Lane Closures on Highway 49 in Rankin County
  
Traffic AlertCentral229111/9/2017Scott, JasonMDOT reopened the State Route 12 Sunflower River Bridge at the Humphreys-Washington county line.

UPDATE – November 9, 2017

 

YAZOO CITY, MISS.The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has reopened the State Route 12 bridge over the Sunflower River at the Humphreys-Washington county line.

 

MDOT was forced to close the bridge on November 3 after it was struck by a truck hauling scrap metal. After running a thorough analysis on this bridge, it was concluded that the bridge could be reopened without any posting restrictions as long as there is no further damage.

 

“The bridge is slated for replacement in 2020; so, to further save taxpayer dollars, crews will only repair the bridge back to the condition it was before being struck last week,” said Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. However, a repair plan is being pursued to be executed in an accelerated, emergency manner. As soon as a repair plan is in place, a proposal will be advertised, bid and executed as quickly as possible.”

 

The bridge is open, and there will be no extra weight limit restrictions. Large loads over 13.5 feet in height are strongly discouraged from using the route. Message boards will remain in place to prevent log trucks and scrap metal haulers with larger loads from utilizing the route.

 

“I applaud MDOT’s bridge crews for the swift response taken to get this critical bridge back open for local motorists,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “Although the bridge is open and safe for travel, if it takes any further strikes, crews will be forced to close it again. Trucks carrying large loads should avoid utilizing this bridge and find an alternate route.”

 

While the damaged part of the bridge has a significantly reduced load carrying capacity, there is still enough remaining capacity for the bridge to be opened to traffic without a posting limit. Bridge crews will be inspecting the damaged portion on a weekly basis until the bridge is repaired.

 

Motorists are reminded to be alert for roadside workers and bridge inspection crews when traveling in this area. For tips on how to safely navigate a work zone, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

 

For more information about MDOT construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app, call Mississippi 511 or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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Weekend crash forces Sunflower River Bridge closure

 

YAZOO CITY, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was forced to close the State Route 12 bridge over the Sunflower River at the Humphreys-Washington county line after it was struck by a truck hauling scrap metal.

 

The bridge, an old steel truss bridge, was struck by a truck hauling scrap metal. The truck’s load did not have the necessary clearance to cross the bridge safely. The overloaded truck sheared the bridge’s structural steel, leaving a junk vehicle on the bridge deck.

 

“This type of crash is all too common for this bridge, and many others like it across the state,” said Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “MDOT can only do so much to protect these structures. Log and scrap metal haulers have to recognize and obey height and weight limits. The alternative is the continued closure of important bridges.”

 

The State Route 12 Sunflower River Bridge has seen its share of damage from overloaded log trucks and scrap metal haulers over the past decade. For many years, the U.S. Highway 82 underpass in Leland presented a challenge to overloaded east-west traffic. Because of the low clearance, many truck drivers used State Route 12 as an alternative route to avoid having to navigate through this area.

 

The result has been catastrophic to the State Route 12 Sunflower River Bridge. Over the last ten years, MDOT has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars repairing damage caused by these overloaded trucks.

 

“MDOT has been forced to close this bridge because it is no longer safe for the traveling public,” said Melinda McGrath, MDOT executive director. “This is the second truss bridge that has been hit by an overloaded truck in the last month. Fortunately, the damage the State Route 12 bridge sustained will not require the bridge to be replaced, which means it will not be closed quite as long.”

 

In late September, MDOT had to close the State Route 57 bridge over Red Creek in Jackson County after a truck hauling a track hoe destroyed the truss section of the bridge, as well as punched holes in the bridge deck. The damage was so extensive that MDOT was forced to expedite a replacement project and close the bridge to traffic until the new bridge is built.

 

The damage caused by the crash compromised the structural integrity of the State Route 12 Sunflower River Bridge. Therefore, the bridge will remain closed until the necessary repairs have been made and it is deemed safe for travel.

 

MDOT is currently assessing the extent of the damage and working on repair plans. The repairs involve replacing structural steel in the truss members and lateral bracing of the bridge.

 

“MDOT understands that this bridge is an important part of the community,” Hall said. “We ask for the public’s patience as we work to make the repairs necessary to open this bridge back up to traffic.”

 

For more information about MDOT construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app, call Mississippi 511 or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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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.

 

 

 

11/6/2017 2:13 PMUPDATE: MDOT Opens Sunflower River Bridge
  
Traffic AlertCentral2295Scott, JasonConstruction scheduled US 49 bridge in Holmes County.

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   

WHAT:        Lane closures. Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app or call Mississippi 511.

WHEN:        Beginning Monday, November 13. MDOT anticipates the project to be complete by the end of the year.      

WHERE:      U.S. Highway 49 E one and a half miles north of Cruger at the Leflore County line in Holmes County.

WHY:          The lane closures will be necessary for crews to repaint the bridge at this location. Oversized loads are encouraged to seek alternate routes around the construction area.  

HOW:          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 at GoMDOT.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.

11/8/2017 3:35 PMTraffic Advisory: Construction on U.S. 49 E scheduled in Holmes County
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CeremoniesNorthern229411/9/2017Scott, JasonThe State Route 7 Bridge over the Little Tallahatchie River in Lafayette County to be designated as the "Veterans Memorial Bridge."

WHO:          Honorable Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation Commissioner, Mississippi Department of Transportation.

                    See attached program for complete list of speakers.

WHAT:        Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication.  

WHEN:        Thursday, November 9 at 2 p.m.                                       

WHERE:      The Frank Walker Landing on State Route 7 N in Lafayette County.   

WHY:          For Legislative bill designating the memorial bridge, see attached program.

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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.

11/7/2017 1:20 PMMEDIA EVENT: Veterans Memorial Bridge dedication ceremony scheduled in Lafayette County
  
CeremoniesSouthern229311/9/2017Flood, MichaelAs stated in House Bill No. 0907 of the 2017 Mississippi Legislative Session, a segment of U.S. Interstate 55 in Pike County will be designated as the “Bo Diddley Memorial Highway.”

WHO:          Tom King, Transportation Commissioner; Senator Tammy Felder Witherspoon, District 38; Senator Willie Simmons, District 13; family and friends of Bo Diddley.

WHAT:        As stated in House Bill No. 0907 of the 2017 Mississippi Legislative Session, a segment of U.S. Interstate 55 in Pike County, beginning at Exit 20A in Summit and extending southerly to Exit 13 in Fernwood, will be designated as the “Bo Diddley Memorial Highway.”

WHEN:        Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the press are invited to attend the ceremony.

WHERE:      MDOT District 7 Auditorium located at 1076 MDOT Drive in McComb.   

WHY:          “This memorial will remind all who travel this section of U.S. Interstate 55 in Pike County of the iconic Mississippi legend Bo Diddley,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “It’s an honor to dedicate this section of highway in his memory.”

HOW:          MDOT will erect and maintain appropriate signs along and approaching the highway.

 

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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.

11/6/2017 3:25 PMMedia Advisory: Section of Interstate 55 in Pike County Dedicated as Bo Diddley Memorial Highway
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