MDOT Moves Forward with Major Infrastructure Improvement Projects in District One
Tupelo, Miss.—“The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced updates to several major infrastructure improvement projects in the Northern Transportation District,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert. “The projects are located throughout Itawamba, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties in the northeastern portion of the state and will greatly improve safety and mobility in the region.”
New State Route 25 in Monroe County
“Construction of the new two-lane section of State Route 25 is moving forward on schedule,” said MDOT District One Engineer Mark Holley. “We expect this portion of the project to be complete in summer 2017.”
Currently, crews are working on a five mile section from just south of Becker to U.S. Highway 278 near Walmart in Amory. The work being done includes dirt work, drainage and paving on the new lanes, as well as the construction of several new bridges.
MDOT has developed plans for two other sections north of U.S. 278 in Amory; however, due to the current lack of available funding, there is no timeline for when construction on these additional sections will begin.
“This project will increase safety and improve mobility for the traveling public in Monroe County,” Holley said.
Other major projects in MDOT’s District One include the following.
- State Route 15 in Pontotoc County—This project is to construct two new lanes and three new bridges along State Route 15 from State Route 76 to the Pontotoc-Union County line. Crews are currently working on building the bridges and dirt and drainage work. A separate paving project is scheduled to take place once dirt work and bridge construction is complete, and MDOT anticipates this project to be let in late fall 2017.
- Bridge Repair on Interstate 22 in Union County – Crews have completed repairs on the decks of the bridges over Central Avenue and the Little Tallahatchie River, and all lanes have been reopened to traffic. Minor cleanup remains at both sites, so motorists are still encouraged to use caution when traveling through these areas.
- State Route 178 Mantachie Creek Bridge in Itawamba County – Crews have completed substructure and superstructure repairs on the State Route 178 Bridge over the Mantachie Creek. MDOT replaced and straightened the bridge’s steel truss members and painted all exposed steel members to protect from weathering. Additional, maintenance work is needed to the bridge, and a temporary load restriction of 10 tons will be placed on the bridge during the remaining repairs.
Construction zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that can cause confusion to some motorists. For information about how to safely navigate highway work zones, visit www.GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.
For more information about these MDOT construction projects, visit www.MDOTtraffic.com, call Mississippi 511, download the free MDOT Traffic app in the App Store or Google Play store and like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.