MDOT highway projects under way in South Mississippi

Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King announced updates to several MDOT projects in South Mississippi.

“Summer is peak construction season at MDOT, and we’re proud to see the progress being made on Mississippi’s highways,” said King. “We are always striving to improve our state’s transportation network by enhancing its safety for our citizens. These projects all represent significant steps in that direction.”

Money generated from the Mississippi Lottery has funded a pair of projects in the area.

In Harrison County, a $2.6 million mill and overlay of Highway 49 is expected to begin soon. The project, awarded to Warren Paving, stretches from north of Creosote Road to north of O’Neal Road. The work is expected to wrap up summer 2022.

In Jackson County, a $4.8 million overlay project continues on Highway 90. The project stretches seven miles from State Route 57 to the West Pascagoula River Bridge. Pipe repair work is nearing completion and paving operations, also awarded to Warren Paving, are under way. This project also is expected to wrap up summer 2022.

In other road projects under MDOT, a reconstruction project that stretches from Cayten Street to Lakeshore Drive on U.S. 11 continues in Pearl River County. The first phase of the project is nearing completion while the second phase of construction is set to begin in 2023.

Traffic signals are being installed and permanent striping will be added soon. This work is expected to be completed summer 2022. This $14.4 million project was awarded to Barriere Construction Company, LLC of Franklinton, La.

The second phase will include the construction of a new bridge over the East Hobolochitto Creek, which will have shoulders and include a protected sidewalk with a concrete barrier for pedestrians. The entire project is estimated to be completed in 2025.

A bridge rehabilitation project on the Fort Bayou drawbridge on SR 609 in Jackson County is nearing completion. Work to replace the timber fender system continues. Pending approval, a walkway system will be added to allow access to the fuel tank. All four lanes of traffic are now open.

This $20 million project was awarded to C.E.C., Inc. of Lafayette, La. Work is on track to be completed by the end of summer 2022.

A bridge rehabilitation project also is under way on the Wilkes Drawbridge located on State Route 605/Cowan-Lorraine Road over the Industrial Waterway in Harrison County. Electrical installations are nearly finished. All lanes of traffic should be open soon.

During the course of the project, the bridge was hit by a boat, necessitating repairs. A supplemental agreement with the contractor was enacted, and work will begin soon to make repairs.

This $22 million project was awarded to C.E.C. All work is expected to wrap up summer 2022.

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