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I-10 under construction: Extra lanes, new shoulders, bigger signs

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – It is one of the most visible highway projects in South Mississippi, and probably one of the most aggravating for drivers.

"We've had some slow downs and days when we had traffic confined to one lane on the interstate," said MDOT Engineer Kelly Castleberry.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is adding a fourth lane to I-10, stretching from the I-110 to just east of exit 50. Right now, crews are building paved shoulders and the work is on schedule.

"Once those shoulders are constructed, we will move the traffic to those shoulders, and then begin construction of the inside extra lane in each direction," said Castleberry.

The project also includes widening the bridges by the Ocean Springs exit.

"The foundations are complete on the bridges and it's coming up out of the ground," said Castleberry.  "They're starting to work on the super structure and they have two more caps to pour.  Once they do that, you'll actually see beams begin to get set out here and placed."

MDOT just started another project nearby, on I-10, as well as Highways 67 and 15. Crews are pouring the footings for new aluminum and steel truss signs. The overhead signs replace the ones that are on the side of the road.

"We're going to put those signs over the interstate so the motorists can actually see them a lot better, and kind of influence their decision on where they want to go a lot quicker, as opposed to looking off the side of the road," said Castleberry.  "It's a safety feature and also, it provides a little more wind resistance during storms with the signs don't get blown over as easy."

All the signs should be up and the widening work should be done by the end of the year.

"I think you'll have more efficient movement on interstate 10 between these two exits, especially with the amount of traffic between exit 50 and I-110.  I think motorists will be pleased to be on this new section of roadway, and be able to travel it without having any delays," said Castleberry.

The new signs and widening project cost more than $14 million.  If you want to know about traffic tie-ups and other problems around road construction zones, MDOT posts that information online.

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