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Select...Statewide27667/12/2019Flood, MichaelAs areas across Mississippi anticipate heavy rainfall due to Tropical Storm Barry, MDOT reminds motorists to use caution when traveling during severe weather conditions.

JACKSON, MISS. – As areas across Mississippi anticipate heavy rainfall due to Tropical Storm Barry, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to use caution when traveling during severe weather conditions.

 

“MDOT first responders are prepared for any response effort and debris removal as we monitor Tropical Storm Barry,” said Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “Our forces are fueling up vehicles, sharpening chainsaws and implementing preparedness plans should these efforts be needed.”

 

MDOT encourages the traveling public to pay close attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

 

The 2019 Hurricane Evacuation Guide is an essential resource and just a click away. Download a copy today at GoMDOT.com/hurricanes. Guides are also available in Spanish and Vietnamese. Tips on how to prepare for a hurricane and a hurricane survival kit checklist are also available. 

 

Flooding is a top weather related killer. Most flood deaths occur at night when people become trapped in a stalled vehicle in a flooded area. Following these safety measures will help ensure you and your family remain safe on Mississippi’s highways.

·      Avoid already flooded areas. A flowing stream can carry a vehicle downstream.

·      Never drive through a flooded area. Always remember to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

·      If you are driving at night, be especially cautious as it is harder to recognize flood conditions.

·      Never drive around a barricaded road.

·      If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rising water can engulf a vehicle and its occupants.

For more severe weather safe driving tips, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms

Prior to traveling, motorists are encouraged to fill up vehicles with gasoline and check the status of road conditions by visiting MDOTTraffic.com or by downloading the MDOT Traffic mobile app.

 

MDOT crews are monitoring roadways for potential flooding and are prepared to assess damage as more rainfall is expected throughout the week. Stay updated on these efforts and the status of road conditions by following @MississippiDOT on Twitter and Facebook.

Download video featuring Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King: https://bit.ly/2YPQDGz

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ojjbl8J4I

 

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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.

 

7/12/2019 11:18 AMMDOT urges safety during severe weather (VIDEO LINKS INCLUDED)
  
Project UpdatesStatewide2765Ponder, JaceThe Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) at its July 9 meeting awarded contracts for maintenance projects throughout Mississippi.

July 11, 2019

 

Transportation Commission awards projects throughout state

 

JACKSON, MISS. –The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) at its July 9 meeting awarded contracts for maintenance projects throughout Mississippi.

 

There were two projects in the Southern District.

 

“These projects will help MDOT continue to provide safe and reliable transportation to Mississippi’s traveling public,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.

 

The awarded contracts for the Southern District were:

  • A $1.8 million contract was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction, Inc., of Columbia, for intersection improvements on U.S. Highway 49 at Fruitstand and Kelly Creek Road, Collins Industrial Park Road, and Oak Hill Boulevard in Covington County.
  • A $14.5 million contract was awarded to Barriere Construction Company, LLC, of Metairie, La., for reconstruction of U.S. Highway 11 from Cayten Street to Lakeshore Drive in Pearl River County. 

There was one project in the Central District.

 

“Our number one priority at the Mississippi Department of Transportation is to keep the state of Mississippi safe,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District.

 

The awarded contracts for the Central District were:

  • A $349,565 contract was awarded to Key, LLC, of Madison, for preventative maintenance on Interstate 20 at Springridge Road and on Interstate 55 at Siwell Road in Hinds County. 

There were three projects in the Northern District.

 

“Safety is always MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “These projects will significantly increase the safety and mobility throughout North Mississippi.”

  

The awarded contracts for the Northern District were:

  • A $1 million contract was awarded to Cadamy Contracting, LLC, of Mooreville, for repairing eight slides on Interstate 22 and U.S. Highway 45 in Lee County. 
  • A $396,607 contract was awarded to Phillips Contracting Company, Inc., of Columbus, for repairing four slides on I-22, State Route 9, and State Route 348 in Pontotoc and Union counties.
  • A $433,025 contract was awarded to J.M. Duncan, Inc., of Falkner, for repairing four slides on U.S. Highway 45 and State Route 30 in Prentiss County. 

MDOT will release additional information regarding timelines and impacts to traffic prior to the start of construction.

 

MDOT will alert the traveling public prior to any changes in traffic.

Highway work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to some 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 mobile app 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.

 

 

7/11/2019 2:14 PMTransportation Commission awards projects throughout state
  
Project UpdatesNorthern2764Ponder, JaceCommissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District, has announced updates to several Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge maintenance projects in Northwest Mississippi.

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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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.

 

7/11/2019 1:55 PMMDOT bridge projects ongoing in Northwest Mississippi
  
Project UpdatesSouthern2763Ponder, JaceThe $3.9 million project consisted of overlaying eight miles of U.S. 98. The project also included installing new flashing yellow arrow traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. 98 and State Route 29. The new signals are now in operation.

July 11, 2019

 

Traffic signal upgrades on U.S. 98 in Perry County

HATTIESBURG, MISS. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is nearing completion of traffic signal upgrades as part of a paving project in Perry County.

The $3.9 million project consisted of overlaying eight miles of U.S. Highway 98 near New Augusta. The project also included installing new flashing yellow arrow traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Route 29.

The new signals are now in operation. They 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 98 is being performed by Warren Paving, Inc., and is expected to be completed by July 31.

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.

7/11/2019 1:50 PMTraffic signal upgrades on U.S. 98 in Perry County
  
Traffic AlertNorthern2762Ponder, JaceOn Friday, July 12, motorists will begin using a temporary detour bridge at Exit 271. On Saturday, July 13, beginning at 7am, crews will temporarily close State Route 306.

July 11, 2019

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:
I-55 lane shift, State Route 306 closure in Tate County

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   

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

WHEN:        Beginning Friday, July 12, at 11am.

WHERE:     Interstate 55 southbound at Exit 271 to State Route 306 in Coldwater in Tate County.

WHY:           On Friday, July 12, motorists will begin using a temporary detour bridge at Exit 271.

On Saturday, July 13, beginning at 7am, crews will temporarily close State Route 306. The closure is expected to last until 7am July 14 while crews demolish the existing I-55 southbound bridge.

Advance warning signs will be in place. Motorists are reminded to be on high alert for roadside workers. 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.

 

7/11/2019 9:21 AMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: I-55 lane shift, State Route 306 closure in Tate County
  
Traffic AlertCentral27617/10/2019Flood, MichaelOvernight maintenance work is underway on a two mile section of SR 8 in Bolivar County.

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        Overnight maintenance work is underway on a two mile section of SR 8 in Bolivar County. Motorists can expect moderate traffic delays during work hours.

WHEN:        To limit the traffic impact, all work will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through August 2019.

WHERE:      Work is taking place in all lanes of SR 8 immediately west of US 61 for two miles in Bolivar County.

WHY:          All five lanes will be milled and overlaid with asphalt throughout the two mile section of SR 8.    

HOW:          Motorists are advised to use extreme 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

                   Stay updated with live travel information at 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.

7/10/2019 12:08 PMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Overnight Maintenance on SR 8 in Bolivar County
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