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MDOT updates road projects in South Mississippi

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)’s Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King announces the following summary of projects currently underway in South Mississippi’s fourteen counties located in MDOT’s District Six.  

  

Interstate 59 at U.S. Highway 49 Ramp Project, Forrest County: 

Work began in July on a loop ramp repair project along Interstate 59 at the Highway 49 interchange. The project was awarded to the Truesdale Corporation out of Tempe, AZ for $268,268.Work to mill the roadway was completed in July and in August crews will begin work to install a high friction surface treatment to the roadway loops. Work is scheduled for completion by September 2015. 

  

U.S. Highway 184 Slide Repair Project, Wayne County: 

Work is nearing completion on a highway slide repair project on U.S. Highway 184 west of the Chickasawhay River Bridge in Waynesboro. The project was awarded to Tanner Construction for $580,000. The project involved the repair of the slope along the south side of the road west of the bridge.  Work to construct a retaining wall is completed.  Final work is scheduled for completion by August 2015. 

  

Highway 15 Resurfacing Project, Jasper County: 

Work began in July on a second resurfacing project along Highway 15 in Jasper County. The project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders for $2 million.  Work along Highway 15 starts seven miles south of the intersection of Highway 18 in Bay Springs. The project is scheduled for completion by September 2015.  

  

Interstate 59 Resurfacing Project, Jones County: 

Work is nearing completion to resurface the roadway along I-59 from Rocky Creek in Ellisville to the 13th Avenue Overpass in Laurel. Work involves placing an open-graded friction course of asphalt to improve visibility and drainage during rain.  The project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders for $14.2 million. Work is scheduled for completion by August 2015. 

  

Highway 53 Intersection Improvement Project, Harrison County: 

Work began in April on an intersection improvement project along Highway 53 in Harrison County. The project was awarded to F & F Construction for $2.1 million. The project includes intersection improvements at Canal and County Farm Roads.  Along with roadway improvements, new signals are being installed at the two intersections. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2015. 

  

U.S. Highway 49 Reconstruction Project at Camp Shelby, Forrest County: 

Work began in March on a roadway enhancement project involving 3.4 miles of U.S. Highway 49 from U.S. Highway 98 to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg. The project was awarded to TL Wallace Construction for $9.98 million. The project includes increasing shoulder widths in the median and along the outside of the roadway and redesigning the median crossovers to improve sight distance and drainage. ITS improvements are also a part of the project, allowing for traffic monitoring and collection of real time data.   Work on the project is scheduled for completion in November 2016. 

  

Interstate 10 Reconstruction Projects, Hancock County: 

Work is continuing for two projects along Interstate 10 in Hancock County.  The project was awarded to Warren Paving for $11.6 million. Work involves placing an open-graded friction course of asphalt to improve the visibility and drainage during rain. The first project began at the Louisiana state line, extending 14 miles to Highway 43 and Highway 603. The second project began at Highway 43 and Highway 603, extending three miles to Diamondhead.  The projects are scheduled to be completed by November 2015. 

  

Interstate 59 Bridge Widening Project, Pearl River, Forrest, & Lamar Counties: 

Work is nearing completion on a design-build project to widen five bridges along Interstate 59 in Pearl River, Forrest, and Lamar Counties.  Three others will have rails repaired.  Along with improving the day to day travel for motorists using these eight bridges, in the event of hurricane contraflow, the bridges will now allow assess for critical emergency services. Final completion is scheduled by August 2015. 

  

Interstate 10 /110 Interchange Improvements, Harrison County (Phase 1): 

Work is nearing completion on the I-10 and I-110 interchange improvement project in Harrison County.   Phase one of the project included the construction of new interchanges at D’Iberville Boulevard and Lamey Bridge Road, the realignment of the I-110/I-10 loops, and the installation of auxiliary traffic lanes to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for motorists entering and exiting the interstate.   
Construction of the Galleria Parkway Overpass (Formerly D’Iberville Blvd. Bridge) is complete and the new Diverging Diamond Interchange at this location was opened to traffic in June.  New open graded friction course has been installed on the I-10 throughout the project which is designed to be safer by eliminating pooling of rain water on the roadway during storm events.   
Currently work is being conducted on the north side of I-10 in the vicinity of the I-10 westbound ramp at I-110.  As a result of this work, a slight change to traffic patterns will be in place for motorists traveling along Highway 15 and Highway 67 South to I-10 West.  Southbound traffic accessing I-10 west will now take Exit 4A.  Message boards are in place to direct traffic through the detour.  In addition, the new ramp to Lamey Bridge Road from I-10 Westbound is scheduled to open by the end of July.  Work on the entire project is scheduled for completion by October. 

  

Interstate 10 / 110 Interchange Improvements, Harrison County (Phase II): 

Work is nearing completion on a second major highway improvement project in the Interstate 10/I-110 area of D’Iberville which will provide access to Big Ridge Road and I-110.  The project will take place concurrently with Phase I (listed directly above).  Both projects will ultimately provide more options to navigate through and around D’Iberville.  The new Big Bridge Road Bridge has been completed and roadway work is underway to construct bridge approaches.  Currently, the final asphalt surface is being placed, and signs and traffic signals are being installed.  The project is scheduled for completion by October 2015.          

Highway 607 Reconstruction and Expansion Project, Hancock County: 
Work is progressing on the second phase of a project that began in 2013 to four-lane Highway 607 from Texas Flat Road to Interstate 59. The project was awarded to TCB Construction for $30.5 million.  The current phase of work involves converting the current roadway into two northbound lanes; the sound bound lanes have been completed and open to traffic.  The project will provide a four-lane north to south corridor in Hancock County, allowing hurricane evacuation to Interstate 59. Work is scheduled for completion by October 2015. 

  

U.S. Highway 90 / Highway 611 / Highway 63 Interchange Project (Phase Two), Jackson County: 

Work is continuing on the second and final phase of a comprehensive highway reconstruction project along Highway 611 in Jackson County.  The project involves widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery, railroad crossing replacements, as well as relocation and reconstruction of several intersections.  The highway is being widened on each side in phases, and motorists can expect intermittent one-lane traffic during construction.  The Mississippi Development Authority awarded funds to Jackson County to build the two phase project.  Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2015.  
 
 
  

The following grants have been awarded to Local Public Agencies (LPAs) in District Six by MDOT. Once awarded, the projects are managed by the LPAs (cities, counties, schools, etc.)  

  

Camp Shelby Pathway Project: 

MDOT has awarded Hattiesburg Transportation Alternatives Program Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding totaling $399,168 for a pedestrian pathway along Old MS. Central Railway Line from the old depot site to the Military Museum. The project will provide a safe and more attractive way for pedestrians and bicyclist to travel on the grounds of Camp Shelby. 

  

Jones County Junior College Pedestrian Plaza Project: 

MDOT has awarded Jones County Junior College Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding totaling $416,399 to construct a pedestrian plaza.  The project will convert a portion of College Drive to a pedestrian plaza on the Ellisville Campus. 

  

Lamar County Pedestrian Pathway Project: 

MDOT has awarded Lamar County Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding totaling $300,000 to construct a pedestrian pathway along Old Highway 24 and Old Highway 11.  The project will connect Oak Grove Middle School to Oak Grove High School in the Oak Grove Community. 

  

Pearl and Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District Safety Improvement Project:  

MDOT has awarded the Pearl and Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding totaling $250,535 to make safety improvements along the Long Leaf Trace.  The project will provide improvements to the trail from Hattiesburg to Prentiss. 

Pearl River Community College Pedestrian Commons Area Project: 

MDOT has awarded Pearl River Community College with Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding totaling $304,200 to construct a Pedestrian Commons Area.  The project is located at the Hattiesburg Campus of PRCC.  

  

University of Southern Mississippi Pathway and Overlook Projects: 

MDOT has awarded the University of Southern Mississippi with two Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects.   $439,268 in funding will construct a pathway from Eagle Walk to Hillcrest Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.    $160,000 in funding will go toward construction of Bear Bayou Scenic Overlook on the Gulf Park campus. 

  

Hattiesburg Pathway Project: 

MDOT has awarded Hattiesburg with $305,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Tuscan Avenue near William Carey University.  The project will provide a safe and more attractive way for pedestrians and bicyclist to travel along Tuscan Avenue. 

  

Picayune Enhancement Project: 

MDOT has awarded Picayune with $400,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for enhancement of the existing hospital site on Goodyear Boulevard.  The project will provide sidewalks, benches, lighting and other items to the site in Picayune’s historic district. 

  

Hattiesburg Safe Routes to School Project: 

MDOT has awarded Hattiesburg with $199,000 in Safe Routes to School Program (SRSP) funding for improvements leading to Hawkins Elementary School.  The funding will provide pedestrian improvements such as a multi-use pathway, crosswalks, and signage. 

  

Wiggins Pathway Project: 

MDOT has awarded Wiggins with $240,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for extension of the pathway from Blaylock Park to Stone County Middle School, connecting buildings like the Stone County Courthouse, the Stone County Library, and other historical points of interest.  This project will help Wiggins accomplish the 2006 Pedestrian Sidewalk/Bikeway Plan. 

  

Jones County Drainage/Landscape Improvement Project: 

MDOT has awarded Jones County with $322,300 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for drainage and landscape improvements along I-59 near the South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel.  The project will provide drainage, a decorative fence, and other items to the area once occupied by the interstate. 

  

Pascagoula Safe Routes to School Project: 

MDOT has awarded Pascagoula with $300,000 for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project near Beach Elementary School.  The project will include pedestrian and bike improvements such as school zone flashers, signs, and roadway striping to designate bike lanes and crosswalks.  

  

University of Southern Mississippi Pathway Improvement Project: 

MDOT has awarded University of Southern Mississippi with $684,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for pedestrian and bicycle improvements to the Hattiesburg Campus.  The project will provide a multi-use pathway that will connect Scianna Hall, Spirit Park, Thad Cochran Center, Century Park South Residence Halls, Student Health Center, and Pride Field. 

  

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Pathway Improvement Project: 

MDOT has awarded Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with $348,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding for pedestrian improvements to the Perkinston Campus.  The project will provide a pathway, pedestrian bridges, benches, lighting, and other enhancements that will connect the college’s Art Center with Perkinston Elementary School.  The project will provide safe access for elementary school children to the Art Center and safe fitness alternatives on the Perkinston campus. 

  

Bay St. Louis Safe Routes to School Project: 

MDOT has awarded Bay St Louis with $100,000 for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project to provide pedestrian safety improvements leading to Bay High, North Bay Elementary, and the Bay Waveland Middle School Complex.   
 
Pascagoula Safe Routes to School Project: 

MDOT has awarded Pascagoula with $120,000 for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project near Jackson Elementary School.  The project will add signs at the entrance to the school, along with roadway striping to designate crosswalks in the school zone.   
 
Gautier Safe Routes to School Project: 

MDOT has awarded Gautier with $100,000 in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding to construct ADA-accessible sidewalks leading to College Park Elementary School at Camino Grande and Woodlane Drive.  The project also involves the striping of a crosswalk in the front of the school across Ladnier Road. 

Picayune Safe Routes to School Project: 

MDOT has awarded Picayune with $100,000 in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding to build sidewalks along Sixth Avenue and stripe crosswalks in the school zone leading to Picayune’s Westside Elementary School. 
 
Lamar County Park Park Enhancement Project: 

MDOT has awarded Lamar County with $300,000 in funding to assist with improvements to the county’s Optimist Park facility.   Along with constructing a pedestrian pathway, the project will include a pavilion and picnic area which will adjoin existing sports facilities and ball fields. 

Biloxi Streetscape Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to the City of Biloxi, totaling up to $450,000 to construct sidewalks and install lighting and drainage, along with landscape improvements on C.T. Switzer Drive.  The project includes pedestrian improvements in coordination with new Coast Transit Authority shelters and bus turnouts.  

Harrison County Landscaping Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to Harrison County, totaling up to $500,000, for a project involving landscaping and beautification at the Interstate 110 loops, ramps, and abutment as a gateway project.  The project also includes landscaping, lighting, rain garden, and recoating the underside of I-110 bridges. 

Laurel Beautification Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to the City of Laurel, totaling up to $300,000.00, for a project involving the removal of condemned bridges on 8th Street in Gardiner Park and 20th Street in Mason Park, along with the construction of new pedestrian/bike bridges, parking, landscaping, and other beautification elements. 

 
Pearl and Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Gateway Station Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to the Pearl and Leaf River Rails to Trails, totaling up to $380,000, for a project involving the construction of parking and pedestrian facilities at the Hattiesburg Gateway Station as part of the original Master Plan. 

Petal Intersection Improvement Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to the City of Petal, totaling up to $624,000.  The funding will be used to provide beautification/landscaping and roadway intersection lighting along Evelyn Gandy Parkway from Highway 11 to Springfield Road. 

 
Richton Multi-Use Recreational Trail Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to the City of Richton, totaling up to $480,000.  The funding will be used to construct a multi-use trail from the city recreational facility north along Hwy 15 and west towards the hospital. 

Hancock County and Bay St. Louis Sand Beach Pathway Project: 

MDOT has awarded funding to Hancock County, in partnership with the City of Bay St. Louis, totaling up to $800,000.  The funding will be used to extend the Sand Beach Pathway to Buccaneer State Park, expand the multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway segments on Old Spanish Trail and Dunbar Avenue, develop rest and interpretive plazas along Beach Boulevard and establish a visitor's center for Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway. 

Gautier Streetscape Town Center Development Project: 
MDOT has awarded Gautier with $420,000 in funding to create a streetscape town center development project.    The planned improvements will include landscaping along Highway 90 on the north and south side of the roadway.  The roadside improvements will extend to city right of way and Dolphin Drive and will include installation of decorative directional signs. 

Hattiesburg Roadway Enhancement Project: 

MDOT has awarded Hattiesburg with $780,000 in funding to improve the aesthetics of roadway along Broadway Drive, Pine Street, Mobile Street and Bouie Street and Smokestack Park throughout the city.    The planned improvements will include the construction of sidewalks and landscaping.   The project will feature a pedestrian connection along 34th Avenue from Hardy Street to Beverly Lane.

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