First phase of Jackson Co. highway project almost complete

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Southern Transportation Commissioner for MDOT, Tom King, announced Thursday the $21 million first phase of highway reconstruction in Jackson County is almost complete. The project covers improvements at the Highway 90 interchange of Highway 63 and Highway 11 in Pascagoula.

The first phase of the project was awarded to Tanner Construction Company out of Laurel. The second phase of the project, slated to start in mid-March, was awarded to Mallette Brothers Construction of Gautier and is estimated to cost $13.6 million.

The project aims to widen Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the road near the Chevron Refinery.

"On behalf of MDOT, we are grateful for the cooperation between state and local authorities, along with local businesses-all working together to see this monumental project move into the final stage of construction," said King.

The project will also replace railroad crossings and several intersections. Officials say motorists should expect intermittent one-lane traffic during construction.

The $35 million project is scheduled to be complete by June 2015.

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