June 11, 2019
MDOT bridge projects ongoing in Northwest Mississippi
BATESVILLE, MISS. – Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District, has announced updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge maintenance projects in Northwest Mississippi.
Interstate 55 bridge replacement in Tate County
A project to replace two overpasses at Exit 271 near Coldwater continues in Tate County.
The northbound bridge has been completed and is open to traffic. Crews are currently constructing a temporary southbound approach to a temporary detour bridge in place.
Southbound traffic is expected to begin using the temporary detour in July. Once traffic is switched to the detour, crews will demolish the existing southbound bridge and begin constructing the permanent bridge.
When the bridge is complete, the temporary detour bridge will be removed.
The existing bridges were built in 1959, and the bridge decks had deteriorated to a point where replacement was the only solution. The $9 million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company. The project will install a pair of bridges on the site with a life expectancy of 75 to 100 years. The project is estimated to be completed in fall 2019.
State Route 4 bridge replacement in Tunica County
Work continues on a bridge replacement project on State Route 4 over White Oak Bayou in Tunica County. The bridge is complete through the road deck. Guardrails and approach slabs remain to be constructed.
The bridge is being built on a new alignment. Earthwork for the new alignment continues before the highway can be paved.
The nearly $3 million project was awarded to Talbot Brothers, of Nesbit, and is expected to be completed this summer.
Bridge projects in Tallahatchie County
Wet weather and high water in the region has slowed work on multiple bridge projects in Tallahatchie County along State Route 32 between State Route 35 and the Tallahatchie River.
The first project near Charleston will replace six bridges and move traffic to a new alignment on State Route 32. The project began in February 2018.
The eastern phase of the project is complete and open to traffic. Three new bridges and four box culverts were installed.
The western phase of the project is currently under construction. The bridge and culvert work is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
When construction is completed, a new surface course of asphalt will be laid throughout the project area.
A second project on State Route 32 replaced three bridges and constructed a new railroad bridge. The project was completed in November, except for erosion control and final cleanup work. This work is expected to be performed during the summer of 2019.
“The bridges on State Route 32 in these projects have been repaired multiple times and are posted at 15 tons or less,” Tagert said. “These are steel beam bridges with timber pilings that were built in the late 1940s and have outlived their serviceable lives.”
In the future, a third project to replace the Tallahatchie River Bridge will be advertised for bids.
Elsewhere in the county on U.S. Highway 49 East, a nearly $5 million project to replace the Black Bayou Bridge is being performed by Eutaw Construction. A temporary detour bridge has been opened for traffic. The existing bridge is being demolished, and the crews began driving pilings for the permanent bridge in late June. The project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2019.
“Most of the work is taking place off the existing roadway to minimize impacts to traffic and to keep workers safe,” Tagert said. “However, motorists should use caution in the work zones and expect delays. Construction equipment and dump trucks will be entering and exiting the work zones throughout the project.”
Interstate 55 bridge maintenance in Tate, Panola and DeSoto counties
A project to preserve bridges along I-55 from Batesville to Hernando was awarded in March to Gibson & Associates, Inc., of Balch Springs, Texas.
The $15.9 million project covers 18 bridges at nine locations in Tate, Panola and DeSoto counties. The scope of work on both the northbound and southbound bridges in each location includes hydrodemolition and bridge deck concrete replacement; repair and replace guardrails; repair spalls and cracks; mill and overlay designated areas; and repairs and erosion control along slopes.
The locations are Slocum Road in DeSoto County; State Route 4 and Shands Bottom Road, both in Tate County; and Compress Road, State Route 310, State Route 315, Belmont Road, River Road and Tallahatchie Relief Bridge, all in Panola County.
The project will begin this summer and is expected to be completed in winter 2020.
Work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.
For more information about these or other MDOT maintenance and construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.
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