MDOT updates progress of road projects in South Mississippi
The Mississippi Department of Transportation provided updates on highway projects in South Mississippi.
“Dozens of projects are moving forward throughout southeast Mississippi, and each one of them is geared toward improving safety and increasing Mississippians’ quality of life,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.
Several projects were funded by state lottery revenue.
In Jackson County, a $4.8 million overlay project is under way on Highway 90. The project stretches seven miles from Mississippi 57 to the West Pascagoula River Bridge.
Work to clean and make repairs to the existing drainage culverts continues. This project was awarded to Warren Paving Inc., of Hattiesburg, and is expected to wrap up early 2022.
In Harrison County, a $2.6 million mill and overlay of Highway 49 stretches from north of Creosote Road to north of O’Neal Road.
Work on a reconstruction project that stretches from Cayten Street to Lakeshore Drive on U.S. 11 continues in Pearl River County.
Crews have shifted traffic to the next phase and started construction on a new median. The $14.4 million project is part of phase one, which is expected to be completed fall 2022.
The second phase will include the construction of a new bridge over the East Hobolochitto Creek and is scheduled to begin in 2023. The new bridge will have shoulders and include a protected sidewalk with a concrete barrier for pedestrians.
The entire project is estimated to be completed in 2025.
South Mississippi also is seeing several bridge projects in the works.
A bridge rehabilitation project on the Fort Bayou drawbridge in Jackson County is nearing completion. Work to renovate the bridge tender house is nearly complete, along with final completion work to the draw span. Replacement of the timber fender system remains under way. The $20 million project is expected to be complete in the upcoming weeks.
A bridge replacement project is under way on U.S. 49 over Flat Branch in Harrison County. Currently, crews continue work on the southbound bridge. This $5.1 million project is expected to be complete early 2022.
A bridge rehabilitation project is under way on the Wilkes Drawbridge located over Industrial Waterway in Harrison County. Crews are performing electrical work and replacing windows in the drawbridge house. This $22 million project is expected to wrap up summer 2022. On January 5, 2022, the northbound lanes will be closed and the southbound lanes will handle north and south traffic while work, expected to last six months, is being performed.
A bridge preservation project on U.S. 49 over the Biloxi Bridge continues in Harrison County. Earthwork operations underneath and around the bridge continues. Crews are currently placing rip rap underneath the bridge. This $1.6 million project is slated to be complete in the upcoming weeks.
A bridge preservation project on Interstate 10 over the Tchoutacabouffa River in Harrison County is nearing completion. This $1.8 million project is expected to be complete in early 2022.
A bridge preservation project on State Route 617 over the CSX Railroad is moving forward in Jackson County. Crews are currently working to resurface the deck. This $3 million project should be complete in the spring of 2022.