Jackson • The Mississippi Department of Transportation has more than $50 million in projects underway to preserve and maintain highways and bridges in northeast Mississippi, said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District.

• A $21.5 million construction project to expand State Route 15 in Pontotoc County from two lanes to four stretches approximately eight miles from State Route 76 north to the Union County line.

Traffic has been realigned to the newly constructed lanes from the Union County line south to State Route 346. The intersection of State Route 346 has also be realigned.

Two-lane traffic will use the new lanes while crews continue to reconstruct the existing highway and Tanglefoot Trail Bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1971 over a railroad, will be replaced, and the existing roadway will be lowered to a similar grade as the new lanes.

On the south end of the project, the Lappatubby Creek Bridge, which was constructed in 1955, will also be replaced.

The project is estimated to be completed in summer 2020.

• Work continues on the project to replace six bridges and a box culvert along State Route 145 in Prentiss County. The existing timber pile bridges and culvert were built in the 1940s. MDOT engineers placed weight restrictions on each of the bridges. The project covers four separate sites.

Site 1 included three bridges over Twenty Mile Creek, Wolf Creek and the Wolf Creek Tributary. The three bridges are now open to the traveling public. Remaining work includes the final lift of asphalt and additional grading.

Site 2 includes one bridge replacement over Osborne Creek and one box culvert extension. The box culvert has been constructed, and crews are currently working near Osborne Creek. County Road 7090 will be realigned as part of the project and is currenly closed. A signed detour is in place.

Site 3, north of State Route 4, will rebuild one bridge over King’s Creek. Site 4, north of Thrasher Road, will replace one bridge with a new box culvert. Sites 3 and Site 4 have a construction timeline of May 2019 to July 2019. State Route 145 will be closed during the project between State Route 4 and U.S. Highway 45. Singed detours will be in place.

The entire project, valued at $12.5 million, should be completed by summer 2020.

• Work to replace seven bridges along State Route 178 in Itawamba County is on schedule.

Traffic is moving on the new bridges over Lick Skillet Creek, Gum Creek, Cypress Creek, a relief slough bridge, Hickory Creek and Bull Mountain Creek Bridge.

At Johns Creek, a temporary detour bridge is in place while crews construct a new, permanent bridge. A second bridge over Johns Creek will be replaced with a box culvert, which is currently under construction.

The project is valued at nearly $17 million project.

• An emergency slide repair project on State Route 4 in Tippah County began in early May. Century Construction was awarded the $799,000 contract to repair a section of highway that failed earlier this year due to heavy rains.

A signed detour will be in place using State Route 15 and State Route 30. The project is expected to be completed by approximately mid-July.

Heavy rains have impacted transportation infrastructure elsewhere in District 1. Other emergency repair projects inlcude:

  • A project on U.S. Highway 45 northbound to repair the outside slope near State Route 2 in Alcorn County.
  • A project on State Route 6 to repair a section between Plantersville and Nettleton near County Road 452 in Lee County.

Several paving projects are also underway or scheduled to begin:

  • A 10-mile project on State Route 15 from the Webster county line to near State Route 8 in Chickasaw County.
  • A four-mile project on Interstate 22 from State Route 25 South to State Route 25 North in Itawamba County.
  • A five-mile project on State Route 371 from the Lee county line to Mantachie in Itawamba County.
  • A four-mile project on U.S. Highway 45 from the end of the divided highway to the Monroe County line in Lowndes County.
  • A five-mile project on State Route 50 from State Route 12 to the Alabama state line in Monroe County.
  • A 10-mile project on U.S. Highway 45 from State Route 145 to Wren in Monroe County.

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