MDOT’s Districts One, Two offer updates on current projects

As the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues to try to provide a safe, efficient and sustainable intermodal transportation network for the traveling public, below is a partial list of project updates in North Mississippi’s District One and Two.
“In an effort to provide the public with timely information regarding current transportation improvement projects, MDOT offers this list of projects, detailing current work taking place across North Mississippi,” said Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert.

District One:

State Route 6 Paving Project in Pontotoc and Lee Counties
A paving project on relocated SR 6 from SR 342 in Pontotoc County to U.S. 45 south of Tupelo in Lee County, is approximately 55 percent complete. This project was let in April 2012 with a projected completion date of June 2014. The contractor is APAC-Mississippi, Inc. and has a contract amount of $26,063,700. This is a four-lane section and will tie the relocated SR 6 from SR 342 in Pontotoc County to U.S. 45 in Tupelo.

U.S. Highway 78 Upgrade in Union County

A project to upgrade a section of U.S. 78 to current interstate standards, from just west of SR 30 to just east of SR 15 in New Albany, is currently under construction. The contractor for this project is Hill Brothers Construction Company of Falkner and has a contract amount of $18,996,585. This project began in March 2012 and is expected to be complete in November 2013. The project is approximately 55 percent complete.

U.S. Highway 45 Cable Barrier Project in Lee County
A project is underway to install cable barrier on U.S. 45 from Shannon to Saltillo in Lee County. This project includes inlet repair, raising the grade of the median from Green street to McCullough Boulevard and installation of the cable barrier. This project was let in September 2012 and awarded to Simmons Erosion Control, Inc. of Lake. The project has a contract amount of $3,448,494 and a projected completion date of August 2013. The project is approximately 10 percent complete.

State Route 15 Paving Project in Union County

A paving project on SR 15 was let in January 2013 from the north city limits of New Albany to the Tippah County line in Union County. The project includes paving the recently completed grading section in the northbound lanes and construction of new bridges, widening the existing lanes and shoulders, as well as paving the southbound lanes. This project was awarded to Rogers Group, Inc., of Tupelo and has a contract amount of $16,080,981 with a projected completion date of November 2014. Work has just started on this project.

District Two

Interstate 269 in Marshall County
Work is currently underway on the first section of I-269 in Marshall County. Tanner Construction Company, Inc. of Ellisville has been awarded the $19,524,520 contract for construction of the first leg of I-269. This project is approximately 3.1 miles long and goes from just south of SR 302 to the Tennessee state line. Work will include clearing, earthwork, bridge construction, and drainage features. The paving work will be let under a separate contract in the future. The contractor currently has three bridge crews working on the bridges spanning SR 302, Wingo Road and the Nonconnah Creek bridges. Earthwork operations are complete. The project is approximately 71 percent complete with an expected completion date of October 2013. In Mississippi, I-269 will begin at the intersection of I-55 and I-69 north of Hernando, cross Highway 78 near Byhalia and continue northeast to the Tennessee state line. This project is one section of the planned nationwide I-69 project.

Interstate 269 in Marshall County
Work is currently underway on the third section of I-269 in Marshall County. Eutaw Construction Company, Inc. of Aberdeen has been awarded the $31,999,237 contract for construction of the third leg of I-269. This project is approximately 0.8 miles long and goes from just east of Mason Road to Station 835+00 near the intersection of U.S. 78 and I-269. Work will include clearing, earthwork, bridge construction, and drainage features. The paving work will be let under a separate contract in the future. The contractor is currently driving piles, installing pipes, installing Erosion Control and executing earthwork operations. The project is approximately 8 percent complete with an expected completion date of October 2014. In Mississippi, I-269 will begin at the intersection of I-55 and I-69 north of Hernando, crosses Highway 78 near Byhalia and continues northeast to the Tennessee state line. This project is one section of the planned nationwide I-69 project.

Highway 7 Bridge Replacement
Work is underway to replace the bridge on Highway 7 in Lafayette County over the Tallahatchie River. L&A Contracting Company was awarded the contract.

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