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Project UpdatesSouthern2734Ponder, JaceThe $5.2 million project included installing new flashing yellow arrow traffic signals to intersections along U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.

May 24, 2019

 

Traffic signal upgrades on U.S. 49 in Forrest County

HATTIESBURG, MISS. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is nearing completion of traffic signal upgrades in Forrest County.

The $5.2 million project included installing new flashing yellow arrow traffic signals to intersections along U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.

The new signals are more efficient for motorists turning left and have demonstrated a reduction in crashes.

“The flashing yellow arrow left-turn signal is safer than traditional circular green left-turn signal, because some drivers perceive any green signal to mean go,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “The new flashing yellow arrow left-turn signal provides a more direct message to drivers, telling them to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians when it is flashing.”

Flashing yellow left-turn signals give MDOT engineers the flexibility to use specific signals during different times of the day. This will reduce wait times at intersections using the new signals.

To help motorists navigate the new signals, safety information and a video are available at drivesmart.mdot.ms.gov/flashing-yellow-arrow/.

The improvement project along U.S. Highway 49 is being performed by Webster Electric and is expected to be completed May 31.

Intersections with new signals installed are:

·         U.S. Highway 49 at JM Tatum Road / Industrial Drive

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Elks Lake Road / Edwards Street

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Pearl River Boulevard

·         U.S. Highway 49 at W.S.F. Tatum Boulevard

·         U.S. Highway 49 at William Carey Parkway

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Westside Avenue / West Pine Street

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Arlington Loop / Mamie Street

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Hardy Street

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Old Hwy 42

·         U.S. Highway 49 at 31st Avenue

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Campbell Loop / Convention Center

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Classic Drive

·         U.S. Highway 49 at Pep’s Point Road

For real-time highway updates and more summer travel safety information, like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter, visit MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

 

VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-96ejJc0BLI

GRAPHICS LINK: Here

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FYA Graphic: A rendering of the new flashing yellow arrow.

FYA Graphic 2: An example of how the new flashing yellow arrow signals appear at intersections.

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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.

5/24/2019 3:35 PMTraffic signal upgrades on U.S. 49 in Forrest CountyNew
  
Project UpdatesNorthern2733Ponder, JaceA bridge replacement project will close State Route 182 between Beatty Road and Mt. Vernon Road in Lowndes County beginning May 28.

May 24, 2019

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 182 closed for bridge project in Lowndes County

WHO:   The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        Temporary highway closure. Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

WHEN:        Tuesday, May 28, 2019 until approximately August 20, 2019.

WHERE:      State Route 182 between Beatty Road and Mt. Vernon Road in Lowndes County.

WHY:          Bridge replacement.

HOW:          A bridge replacement project will close State Route 182 between Beatty Road and Mt. Vernon Road in Lowndes County beginning May 28. A signed detour will be in place using U.S Highway 82 and State Route 50.

                   Motorists should use extra caution when highway workers are present. 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.

 

5/24/2019 2:41 PMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 182 closed for bridge project in Lowndes CountyNew
  
Traffic AlertNorthern2732Ponder, JaceA bridge replacement project will close State Route 145 between State Route 4 and U.S. Highway 45 in Prentiss County beginning May 24.

May 22, 2019

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 145 closed for bridge project in Prentiss County

WHO:  The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        Temporary highway closure. Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

WHEN:        Friday, May 24, 2019 until approximately July 31, 2019.

WHERE:      State Route 145 between State Route 4 and U.S. Highway 45 in Prentiss County.

WHY:          Bridge replacement.

HOW:          A bridge replacement project will close State Route 145 between State Route 4 and U.S. Highway 45 in Prentiss County beginning May 24. The project includes a bridge replacement over Kings Creek and a box culvert replacement south of County Road 8061. A signed detour will be in place using U.S. Highway 45, Gaston Road and State Route 4.

                   Motorists should use extra caution when highway workers are present. 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.

 

5/22/2019 9:06 AMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 145 closed for bridge project in Prentiss County
  
Project UpdatesNorthern2731Ponder, JaceThe Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has projects underway to preserve and maintain highways and bridges in northeast Mississippi, said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District.

May 22, 2019

 

MDOT projects continue in northeast Mississippi

TUPELO, MISS. - The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has projects underway to preserve and maintain highways and bridges in northeast Mississippi, said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District.

Four-lane expansion on State Route 15 in Pontotoc County

A $21.5 million construction project to expand State Route 15 in Pontotoc County from two lanes to four stretches approximately eight miles from State Route 76 north to the Union County line.

Traffic has been realigned to the newly constructed lanes from the Union County line south to State Route 346. The intersection of State Route 346 has also be realigned.

Two-lane traffic will use the new lanes while crews continue to reconstruct the existing highway and Tanglefoot Trail Bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1971 over a railroad, will be replaced, and the existing roadway will be lowered to a similar grade as the new lanes.

On the south end of the project, the Lappatubby Creek Bridge, which was constructed in 1955, will also be replaced.

The project was awarded to Talbot Brothers, of Nesbit, in April. It is estimated to be completed in summer 2020.

Bridge maintenance on State Route 145 in Prentiss County

Work continues on this project to replace six bridges and a box culvert along State Route 145 in Prentiss County. The existing timber pile bridges and culvert were built in the 1940s. MDOT engineers placed weight restrictions on each of the bridges. The project covers four separate sites.

Site 1 included three bridges over Twenty Mile Creek, Wolf Creek and the Wolf Creek Tributary. The three bridges are now open to the traveling public. Remaining work includes the final lift of asphalt and additional grading.

Site 2 includes one bridge replacement over Osborne Creek and one box culvert extension. The box culvert has been constructed, and crews are currently working near Osborne Creek. County Road 7090 will be realigned as part of the project and is currenly closed. A signed detour is in place.

Site 3, north of State Route 4, will rebuild one bridge over King's Creek. Site 4, north of Thrasher Road, will replace one bridge with a new box culvert. Sites 3 and Site 4 have a construction timeline of May 2019 to July 2019. State Route 145 will be closed during the project between State Route 4 and U.S. Highway 45. Singed detours will be in place.

MDOT anticipates the entire project to be complete by summer 2020.

“These bridges have been identified for replacement on MDOT’s bridge list and this work will benefit public safety,” Tagert said. “These projects will increase safety and mobility throughout the region.”

The $12.5 million project was awarded to Talbot Brothers.

Bridge maintenance on State Route 178 in Itawamba County

Work to replace seven bridges along State Route 178 in Itawamba County is on schedule. 

Traffic is moving on the new bridges over Lick Skillet Creek, Gum Creek, Cypress Creek, a relief slough bridge, Hickory Creek and Bull Mountain Creek Bridge.

At Johns Creek, a temporary detour bridge is in place while crews construct a new, permanent bridge. A second bridge over Johns Creek will be replaced with a box culvert, which is currently under construction.

The nearly $17 million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company.

Emergency slide repair on State Route 4 in Tippah County

An emergency slide repair project on State Route 4 in Tippah County began in early May. Century Construction was awarded the $799,000 contract to repair a section of highway that failed earlier this year due to heavy rains.

A signed detour will be in place using State Route 15 and State Route 30. The project is expected to be completed by approximately mid-July.

Heavy rains have impacted transportation infrastructure elsewhere in District 1. Other emergency repair projects inlcude:

-      A project on U.S. Highway 45 northbound to repair the outside slope near State Route 2 in Alcorn County.

-      A project on State Route 6 to repair a section between Plantersville and Nettleton near County Road 452 in Lee County.

Several paving projects are also underway or scheduled to begin:

-      A 10-mile project on State Route 15 from the Webster county line to near State Route 8 in Chickasaw County.

-      A four-mile project on Interstate 22 from State Route 25 South to State Route 25 North in Itawamba County.

-      A five-mile project on State Route 371 from the Lee county line to Mantachie in Itawamba County.

-      A four-mile project on U.S. Highway 45 from the end of the divided highway to the Monroe County line in Lowndes County.

-      A five-mile project on State Route 50 from State Route 12 to the Alabama state line in Monroe County.

-      A 10-mile project on U.S. Highway 45 from State Route 145 to Wren in Monroe County.

Construction zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that can cause confusion for some motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

“Workers may be present on these maintenance and construction projects,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “MDOT encourages drivers to slow down in work zones so our crew members can make it home safe to their families.”

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

CUTLINES AND PHOTO LINK - HERE
SR 15 Pontotoc County– Traffic uses the newly constructed travel lanes on State Route 15 in Pontotoc County.

SR 15 Tanglefoot Pontotoc County – A cyclist passes on the Tanglefoot Trail while crews reconstruct the State Route 15 bridge in Pontotoc County.

SR 145 Osborne Creek Prentiss County – Crews perform earthwork near Osborne Creek on State Route 145 in Prentiss County.

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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.

5/22/2019 8:53 AMMDOT projects continue in northeast Mississippi
  
Traffic AlertNorthern2730Ponder, JaceEmergency slide repair on State Route 6 will close the highway between Lee County roads 452 and 1149.

May 21, 2019

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 6 closed for repairs in Lee County

WHO:  The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        Temporary highway closure. Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

WHEN:        Monday, May 20, 2019.

WHERE:      State Route 6 between County Road 452 and County Roud 1149 in Lee County.

WHY:          Emergency slide repair.

HOW:          Emergency slide repair on State Route 6 will close the highway between Lee County roads 452 and 1149. The work includes driving piles to stabilize slopes. The closure is expected to be lifted by June 28. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route.

                   Motorists should use extra caution when highway workers are present. 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.

5/21/2019 10:37 AMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 6 closed for repairs in Lee County
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SafetyStatewide2729Ponder, JaceMemorial Day marks the beginning of summer travel season for many people. According to AAA, more than 43 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. With more vehicles on the road, it is important to be patient and drive smart.

May 19, 2019

 

Memorial Day and summer travel safety

JACKSON, MISS. –Cookouts, parades and local fairs are just a few ways that many will choose to celebrate Memorial Day. The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) top priority is to keep motorists safe and informed while providing efficient roadways for summer travel.

 

“Mississippi has a lot to offer and MDOT hopes many will take advantage of their Memorial Day weekend by exploring new places or returning to favorite scenic routes, all the while making wise choices,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT Executive Director.

 

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer travel season for many people. According to AAA, more than 43 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, up nearly four percent from last year. With more vehicles on the road, it is important to be patient and drive smart.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94 percent of crashes are caused by human error. One of the most important safety steps drivers can take is simply slowing down and paying attention.

 

In 2017, there were 690 traffic fatalities in Mississippi. Speed was a factor in nine percent of traffic fatalities, and alcohol was a factor in 21 percent. Distraction was cited in over half of all fatal crashes involving teens. Half of the people killed in crashes last year were not wearing their seat belt.

 

To ensure everyone arrives safely at their destinations, motorist should:

·         Obey all speed limits and signs, especially through work zones.

·         Always wear a seatbelt.

·         Never get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

·         Use your cell phone for emergency situations only.

 

MDOT offers free resources to help the traveling public know about current road conditions. MDOTtraffic.com and the MDOT traffic mobile app help travelers plan their next road trip. The resources share constant updates on Mississippi roadways and also show the locations of rest areas and welcome centers throughout the state.

 

MDOT also has information for drivers to take action and do their part to help reduce the number of fatal crashes in the state. The website www.GoMDOT.com/DriveSmartMS includes videos that teach drivers how to navigate work zones and intersections, drive in severe weather and use highways safely.

 

Beginning Saturday, May 25, and ending Tuesday, May 28, MDOT will not issue any permits for oversize and overweight vehicles on all state and federal highways for Memorial Day weekend.

 

“Our top priority is the safety of traveling public, especially during the upcoming holiday weekend,” McGrath said. “Prohibiting oversize loads during the holiday is one more way MDOT is working to increase the safety and efficiency of Mississippi’s highways for motorists.”

 

For real-time highway updates and more summer travel safety information, like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter, visit MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

 

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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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