News on area Mississippi Department of Transportation Projects

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MDOT’s District One Offers Project Updates

TUPELO, MISS., Tuesday, June 19, 2012 — As the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues to provide a safe, efficient and sustainable intermodal transportation network for the traveling public, below is a list of project updates in North Mississippi’s District One.

State Route 9 Improvement Project

The State Route 9 project begins at US 278/SR 6 and SR 9 interchange near Pontotoc and proceeds on new location to the east of existing SR 9 and reconnects near Sherman. This section of roadway covers approximately 10 miles. This contract is a grade, drain, bridge, and pave project where traffic will be placed on the new section upon completion. In order to accelerate the construction process, MDOT chose to use the Design-Build process. Bids were received on May 9, 2011 with the Best Value Proposal submitted by Eutaw Construction Company with a contract amount of $87,468,382. Work started on July 5, 2011, with an anticipated completion date of December 2012. The contractor is approximately 90 percent complete, almost 25 percent ahead of schedule. The project is expected to be complete by mid-August 2012.

State Route 15 Project in Union County

A grade drain, bridge and pave project is under construction on SR 15 in Union County from near King’s Creek, south of New Albany to North Haven. This project consist of a five-lane section from King’s Creek to near the northern city limits of New Albany, which will be paved as part of this project. From the northern city limits to North Haven, grade, drain and bridge work will be done on the northbound lanes. This project was let in April 2010 and is being performed by Talbot Bros. Construction and Talbot Bros. Grading, AJV. The contract amount for this project is $17,998,452 and is approximately 95 percent complete.

Highway 15: Grade and Drain Project

A grade and drain project to construct two parallel lanes adjacent to existing Highway 15 from North Haven to the Tippah County line is underway. A paving project will be let at the completion of this project where the new lanes will be paved and traffic placed on them as the existing roadway is upgraded. This six-mile section was let in March 2011 to Colom Construction Company, Inc. of Ripley, MS. The contract amount for this section is $5,644,285 and is scheduled for completion in August 2012. Clearing, drainage, and grading work has begun and the project is approximately 90 percent complete.

Highway 45 Project Complete

A grade drain, bridge and pave project on Highway 45 from four miles south of U.S. 82 to U.S. 82 in Lowndes County, is underway and is complete. Traffic has been placed on all four lanes. This project was let in July 2009 with the work being performed by RaCon, Inc. The project has a contract amount of $17,143,125.

U.S. 45 Grade, Drain and Bridge Project

A project is underway on U.S. 45 from Carson Road to four miles south of U.S. 82 in Lowndes County which covers approximately 6.5 miles. This project will be a grade, drain, and bridge project to construct two parallel lanes. A paving project will be let upon this project’s completion that will complete this section of four-lane highway. The contractor on this project is Racon, Inc. and has a contract amount of $9,444,594. The projected completion date is September 28, 2012. Construction of box culverts and bridges has begun. Construction is approximately 80 percent complete.

U.S. 45 Widening Project near Brooksville

A project is underway on U.S. 45 from near Brooksville to Carson Road in Lowndes and Noxubee counties. This project will be a grade, drain and bridge and pave project to upgrade approximately 6.4 miles of roadway where the two new lanes will be constructed parallel to the existing lanes. This project was let in January of 2011 and awarded to Phillips Contracting Co., Inc., of Columbus, MS. This project has a contract amount of $17,977,057 and has a projected completion date of July 2013. The project is approximately 30 percent complete.

MDOT’s District Two Offers Project Updates

BATESVILLE, MISS., Tuesday, June 19, 2012 — As the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues to provide a safe, efficient, and sustainable intermodal transportation network for the traveling public, below is a list of project updates in North Mississippi’s District Two.

U.S. 78 Rubblization Project in Desoto/Marshall Counties

Construction is underway on the rubblization project on U.S. 78 between the Coldwater River and West Holly Springs exit in Desoto and Marshall counties. Lehman Roberts Co., Inc., of Memphis, TN, was awarded the $39,978,826 project, which will use a process known as rubblization to crumble the existing concrete pavement into a new foundation for a new asphalt structure on top. In addition to the rubblization and asphalt pavement, other work including new guardrail, signing, pavement marking and drainage repairs will be completed in order to bring this section of U.S. 78 up to interstate standards. A traffic management center will also be installed on this project to provide motorists with up-to-the-minute information. Work has been going on since early 2011, and is approximately 51 percent complete. The contractor is currently working on the rubblization sections around the Victoria and Red Banks interchanges (all concrete removal sections are complete), installing fence, removing asphalt along the ramps at the Byhalia interchange, boring conduit for fiber optic cable, and placing shoulder gravel. All wide loads (12’ wide and wider) have been temporarily detoured onto Highway 178 from the Ingrams Mill interchange to the West Holly Springs interchange. Work is scheduled for completion in June 2013.

U.S. 78 Rehabilitation Project in Marshall County

MDOT continues to move forward with plans to upgrade existing U.S. 78 to interstate standards in preparation of the future I-22 designation. A project was let in May 2011 to Rogers Group, Inc. The $21,333,639 project will include overlaying the existing roadway, new pavement markings and signs, and upgrades to the median. In addition, the entrance and exit ramps at the West Holly Springs and Holly Springs interchanges will be extended to meet current interstate standards. The contractor is currently installing drainage structures, fencing at the interchanges on the project, laying Asphalt in the West Bound lane near the Lake Center Interchange, paving county roads, and conducting earthwork operations to extend the entrance and exit ramps at the West Holly Springs and Holly Springs interchanges. This work is expected to be completed in November 2012.

I-269 in Marshall County

Work is underway on the first section of I-269 in Marshall County. Tanner Construction Company, Inc. of Ellisville, MS, has been awarded a $19,524,520 contract for the 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 completed under this contract 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 installing drainage structures on the north and south sides of the I-269/Highway 302 interchange. Earthwork operations are also ongoing on the north and south side of the I-269/Highway 302 interchange, and installing and maintaining Erosion Control BMP’s. Bridge work is expected to begin the second week in June. The project is approximately 34 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.

SR 72 in Marshall County

Work has begun on a project on SR 72 in Marshall County to widen and overlay approximately 12 miles from west of SR 302 to the Benton County line. Standard Construction Company Inc. of Germantown, TN, was awarded this $6,064,518 project. The contractor has completed the asphalt on this project, and only lacks rumble stripe, and permanent stripe to complete this project. This project is 80% complete. This project is scheduled for completion in June 2012.

Bridge Replacement on SR 349 in Marshall County

Work has begun to replace a bridge just south of Potts Camp, on SR 349, in Marshall County. Talbot Brothers Construction and Grading, Inc. of Nesbit, MS, was awarded the $3,892,960 project. Traffic is now traveling on the new detour road on this project, and the old bridge has demolished. The Contractor has already begun driving piles for the new bridge. This project is approximately 36% complete. This project is scheduled for completion in October 2012.

Grade, Drain, Bridge, and Pave U.S. 51 North of Yalobusha River to I-55

Talbot Brothers Construction and Grading, Inc. of Nesbit, MS, is progressing on a $19,493,000 project on U.S. 51 in Grenada County. The federal aid project will replace seven bridges on U.S. 51 from north of the Yalobusha River to I-55. Additional lanes will also be constructed and will include ten-foot wide shoulders and a concrete median with turn lanes for access. Six of the bridges, roadbed, and detour are near completion on Phase I, most of the asphalt and curb and all the guardrail and striping will need completing before opening traffic on Phase I. The middle of August is the projected date for placing traffic on Phase I. The project is approximately 42% percent complete. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2013.

U.S. 51 in Tate County

Tanner Construction Co. of Ellisville, MS, continues work on a $17,392,383 ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) project including grading, drainage, and bridge work to add two additional lanes on U.S. 51 between Senatobia and Coldwater. Construction of the structure for the bridges is near completion. Grading operations are more than 90 percent complete, with approximately 95 percent of the drainage structures in place. The foundations of the new traffic signals located at the intersections of Porter Street and U.S. 51 and Highway 4 and U.S. 51 are in place awaiting the construction of the curb, gutter and sidewalks. Traffic has been diverted onto the completed left side of the roadway in the town of Coldwater. Work currently in progress is the concrete driveways for the right side of the roadway in Coldwater the base work is 80 percent complete in Senatobia. Construction work to complete the project will be the base, paving, curb and sidewalk work in both Senatobia and Coldwater. Other work necessary to complete the project will be the final surface lift of asphalt pavement, permanent traffic markings and new traffic signals, at the intersections of Porter Street and the Highway 4 Bypass, with U.S. 51 in Senatobia. The contractor has asked for a time extension which is being reviewed by MDOT officials. A revised estimated date of completion is September 21, 2012 based on work remaining.

Interstate 55 in Tate and Desoto counties

White Construction of Cordova, TN, was awarded a safety project that includes clearing of the right way of trees that could potentially be hazardous to a vehicle leaving the road and installing cable barrier fencing and other safety items. The cable barrier fencing on this project will be installed on the outside shoulders of the roadway in order to protect motorists from leaving the roadway and entering the nearby water. The guardrail for the intersections is completed. The clearing and fencing has been completed. The only remaining work is the Cable Barrier Rail in the median. The contractor has submitted a claim for time extension as well as new price for the additional Cable Rail that has been added to the contract on this $2,929,558 project which is under review by MDOT officials. It is currently estimated that the project may be complete by June 30, 2012.

Bridge Replacements on SR 4 in Tate County

A bridge replacement project in Tate County was awarded to Talbot Brothers Construction and Grading, Inc. of Nesbit, MS. This $6,567,891 federal aid project consists of replacing two bridges at Arkabutla Creek and Smith’s Ditch. The project began March 5, 2012, with an expected completion date of June 21, 2013. The structure of the detour bridge over Smith’s Ditch has been completed and the detour bridge over Arkabutla Creek is 80 percent complete. The detour road is at grade and asphalting operations will begin fairly soon. The project has had very few problems and as a whole is currently 28.5% complete and appears that it might be completed ahead of schedule.

Interstate 55/SR 740 Interchange in Tate County

Webster Electric of Meridian, MS was awarded a $473,090 safety project that will consist of installing street lights the interchange of I-55 and SR 740; also including the intersection of Scott Road and Highway 51. The project was scheduled to begin March 15, 2012. However, work didn’t begin until May 15, 2012. This project has an expected completion date of December 20, 2012. The project is currently nine percent complete with all but three of the pole foundations complete.

Interstate 55 in Panola County

Lehman-Roberts Company of Memphis, TN has begun work on a project on I-55 in Panola County. This $13,784,944 project provides for milling and overlaying I-55 from south of the intersection of SR 6 to Cobb Road, north of Batesville. This contract prevents work on the ramps and loops during peak traffic hours, so the work will be performed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekdays and all day on Saturdays. The southbound & northbound lanes have been milled, the underlying concrete repaired, and they are currently being paved. Ramp extensions on the I-55/SR 6 interchange are complete and are currently being paved also. This project has an expected completion date of October 2012.

Highway 161 in Coahoma County

Lehman Roberts Company of Memphis, TN was awarded a $1,210,363 mill and overlay project of Highway 161 in Coahoma County from the Sunflower River bridge south to the Highway 61 Bypass in Clarksdale. This project will include the milling and overlaying of the five-lane section through town and the overlaying of the two-lane section south of town that connects with the Highway 61 Bypass. This project is complete and awaiting final release as of May 2012.

Highway 1 in Coahoma County

Lehman Roberts Company of Memphis, TN was awarded a $2,834,750 overlay project of Highway 1 in Coahoma County from the Bolivar County line north to Sherard. This project will include trench widening and an overlay of the existing highway and curb and gutter work in the town of Rena Lara. Leveling of the existing road started at the beginning of June. This project has an expected completion date of September 2012.

Raised Pavement Markers (District-wide)

Hodges, Inc. of Ripley, MS was awarded a $354,902 project to replace raised pavement markers along various routes in District Two. Work is ongoing in several counties and the expected completion date for this project is October 2012.

Highway 43 in Attala County

Malouf Construction has completed construction on Phase Four of a four-phase project to widen two-lane U.S. 43 into three-lane and five-lane sections in Kosciusko, which includes approximately one-third of a mile on the south end of the project.

Bridge Replacement on SR 12 in Attala County

A bridge replacement project in Attala County was recently awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction, Inc. This $19,191,477 project includes replacing 12 bridges on SR 12 from Kosciusko to the Choctaw County line. Traffic is utilizing detour roads at four sites while the existing bridges are removed and the new bridges are constructed. The project is approximately 30 percent complete with an expected completion date of June 2013.

Bridge Replacement on SR 8 in Calhoun County

A bridge replacement project in Calhoun County was recently awarded to Key, LLC, of Madison, MS. This $6,427,668 project includes replacing three bridges on SR 8 from Calhoun City to Derma. Work began on March 6, 2012 with an expected completion date of October 2013. The contractor is preparing the roadbed and bridges for the detours at each site. Approximately 15 percent of the project has been completed.