M.D.O.T. Project Update for South Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (M.D.O.T.)’s Transportation Commissioner, Tom King, announces the following summary of projects currently underway in South Mississippi’s fourteen counties located in M.D.O.T.’s District Six:

Interstate 10 /110 Interchange Improvements, Harrison County (Phase 1):
Work began in 2013 on the I-10 and I-110 interchange improvement project in Harrison County. The project includes the construction of new interchanges at D’Iberville Boulevard and Lamey Bridge Road, the realignment of the I-110/I-10 loops, and the installation of auxiliary traffic lanes to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for motorists entering and exiting the interstate. Work is underway to complete construction of the D’Iberville Blvd. Bridge, which is the centerpiece of the new Diverging Diamond Interchange. Phase I of the project was awarded to Gulf Equipment Corporation of Theodore, Alabama for $29.7 million. Work is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

Interstate 10 / 110 Interchange Improvements, Harrison County (Phase II):
Work began in March on a second major highway improvement project in the I-10/I-110 area of D’Iberville. The project will provide access to and from Big Ridge Road and I-110. This second phase of improvements will be conducted concurrently with Phase I (listed directly above). Both projects will ultimately provide the public with more options to navigate through and around D’Iberville. Phase II of the project was awarded to Mallette Brothers Construction of Gautier, MS for $11.4 million. Work is underway to rebuild the Big Ridge Road Bridge over I-110. Access ramps and drainage features are being constructed concurrently with the bridge. The project is scheduled for completion by August 2015.

Highway 607 Reconstruction and Expansion Project, Hancock County:
Work has begun on the second phase of a project that began in 2013 to four-lane Highway 607 from Texas Flat Road to Interstate 59. The project was awarded to TCB Construction Company of Poplarville for $15.2 million. The current phase of work involves converting the current roadway into two northbound lanes; the soundbound lanes have been completed and open to traffic. The project will provide a four-lane north to south corridor in Hancock County, allowing hurricane evacuation to Interstate 59. Work is scheduled for completion by fall of 2015.

U.S. Highway 90 / Highway 611 / Highway 63 Interchange Project (Phase Two), Jackson County:
Work began in March on the second and final phase of a comprehensive highway reconstruction project along Highway 611 in Jackson County. Mallette Brothers Construction of Gautier was awarded the $13.6 million project. The project involves widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery, railroad crossing replacements, as well as relocation and reconstruction of several intersections. The highway is being widened on each side in phases, and motorists can expect intermittent one-lane traffic during construction. The Mississippi Development Authority awarded Jackson County with the $35 million two phase project. Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2015.

U.S. Highway 49 Bridge Replacement Project, Harrison County:
Work is continuing on a bridge replacement project that began in 2012 along U.S. Highway 49 over Little Biloxi River in Harrison County. Tanner Construction Company, Inc. of Ellisville, MS was awarded the $6.8 million project. Work is scheduled for completion by April 2015.

The following grants have been awarded to Local Public Agencies (L.P.A.) in District Six by M.D.O.T. The funding represents 80% of the total project cost up to the awarded amount; each L.P.A. will be required to provide an estimated local match of 20%. M.D.O.T. is working with the L.P.A. to determine construction schedules on each of these projects.

Picayune Transportation Alternatives Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Picayune with $400,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (T.A.P.) funding for enhancement of the existing hospital site on Goodyear Boulevard. The project will provide sidewalks, benches, lighting, and other items to the site in Picayune’s historic district.

Wiggins Transportation Alternatives Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Wiggins with $240,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for extension of the pathway from Blaylock Park to Stone County Middle School, connecting buildings like the Stone County Courthouse, the Stone County Library, and other historical points of interest. This project will help Wiggins accomplish the 2006 Pedestrian Sidewalk/Bikeway Plan.

Pascagoula Safe Routes to School Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Pascagoula with $300,000 for a Safe Routes to School (S.R.T.S.) project near Beach Elementary School. The project will include pedestrian and bike improvements such as school zone flashers, signs, and roadway striping to designate bike lanes and crosswalks.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Transportation Alternatives Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with $348,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (T.A.P.) funding for pedestrian improvements to the Perkinston Campus. The project will provide a pathway, pedestrian bridges, benches, lighting, and other enhancements that will connect the college’s Art Center with Perkinston Elementary School. The project will provide safe access for elementary school children to the Art Center and safe fitness alternatives on the Perkinston campus.

Bay St. Louis Safe Routes to School Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Bay St Louis with $100,000 for a Safe Routes to School (S.R.T.S.) project to provide pedestrian safety improvements leading to Bay High, North Bay Elementary, and the Bay Waveland Middle School Complex.

Pascagoula Safe Routes to School Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Pascagoula with $120,000 for a Safe Routes to School (S.R.T.S.) project near Jackson Elementary School. The project will add signs at the entrance to the school, along with roadway striping to designate crosswalks in the school zone.

Gautier Safe Routes to School Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Gautier with $100,000 in Safe Routes to School (S.R.T.S.) funding to construct ADA-accessible sidewalks leading to College Park Elementary School at Camino Grande and Woodlane Drive. The project also involves the striping of a crosswalk in the front of the school across Ladnier Road.

Picayune Safe Routes to School Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Picayune with $100,000 in Safe Routes to School (S.R.T.S.) funding to build sidewalks along Sixth Avenue and stripe crosswalks in the school zone leading to Picayune’s Westside Elementary School.

Biloxi Streetscape Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded funding to the City of Biloxi, totaling up to $450,000 to construct sidewalks and install lighting and drainage, along with landscape improvements on C.T. Switzer Drive. The project includes pedestrian improvements in coordination with new Coast Transit Authority shelters and bus turnouts.

Harrison County Landscaping Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded funding to Harrison County, totaling up to $500,000, for a project involving landscaping and beautification at the Interstate 110 loops, ramps, and abutment as a gateway project. The project also includes landscaping, lighting, rain garden, and recoating the underside of I-110 bridges.

Hancock County and Bay St. Louis Sand Beach Pathway Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded funding to Hancock County, in partnership with the City of Bay St. Louis, totaling up to $800,000. The funding will be used to extend the Sand Beach Pathway to Buccaneer State Park, expand the multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway segments on Old Spanish Trail and Dunbar Avenue, develop rest and interpretive plazas along Beach Boulevard and establish a visitor’s center for Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway.

Gautier Streetscape Town Center Development Project:
M.D.O.T. has awarded Gautier with $420,000 in funding to create a streetscape town center development project. The planned improvements will include landscaping along Highway 90 on the north and south side of the roadway. The roadside improvements will extend to city right of way and Dolphin Drive and will include installation of decorative directional signs.

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