Road projects spread across Northeast Mississippi

09060663 Road Work

C. Todd Sherman

Traffic backs up as workers from Apac move an asphalt machine along Tupelo’s Cliff Gookin Boulevard near the Natchez Trace Parkway on Wednesday. This work, funded through Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, isn’t part of state highway work, but local motorists get a taste of traffic slowdowns as regional drivers will when new MDOT road work gets under way soon.

09060664 Road Work

C. Todd Sherman

Chris Mathis holds a traffic sign in the foreground as fellow Apac workers continue construction on Tupelo’s Cliff Gookin Boulevard on Wednesday. This work, funded through Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, isn’t part of state highway work, but local motorists get a taste of traffic slowdowns as regional drivers will when new MDOT road work gets under way soon.

09060665 Road Work

C. Todd Sherman

Chris Mathis waves on traffic as fellow Apac workers continue construction on Tupelo’s Cliff Gookin Boulevard near the Natchez Trace Parkway on Wednesday. This work, funded through Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, isn’t part of state highway work, but local motorists get a taste of traffic slowdowns as regional drivers will when new MDOT road work gets under way soon.

09060666 Road Work

C. Todd Sherman

Chris Mathis of Apac holds a traffic sign as traffic diverts around a section of Tupelo’s Cliff Gookin Boulevard under construction on Wednesday. This work, funded through Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, isn’t part of state highway work, but local motorists get a taste of traffic slowdowns as regional drivers will when new MDOT road work gets under way soon.

Chris Mathis of Apac holds a traffic sign as traffic diverts around a section of Tupelo’s Cliff Gookin Boulevard under construction on Wednesday. This work, funded through Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, isn’t part of state highway work, but local motorists get a taste of traffic slowdowns as regional drivers will when new MDOT road work gets under way soon.

Road projects spread across Northeast Mississippi

READ-IN: Pontotoc County sees three projects under way.

By Errol Castens

Daily Journal

Road projects are under way or planned for Northeast Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation announced.

Motorists in Union County will encounter lane closures and detours on Mississippi Highway 30 for a $7.486 million project to replace bridges between New Albany and the Lafayette County line. The expected completion date is August 2008.

Clay County drivers by May 2007 should have a new traffic signal at U.S. Highway 45 Alt. and Industrial Park Road at a cost of $53,737.

In Tippah County, crews will repair a slide on U.S. Highway 72 west of State Highway 15. The project is scheduled for completion in February 2007 and is estimated to cost $143,340.

MDOT officials listed four overlay projects in the region:

- Chickasaw County – State Highway 32 between Highways 15 and 245; estimated cost $2,500,000; projected completion June 2007.

- Pontotoc County – State Highway 15 from Highway 41 to Highway 6; projected cost $467,841; projected completion October 2006.

- Pontotoc County – State Highway 41 from Highway 15 to the Natchez Trace Parkway; $2,537,000 estimated cost; July 2007 completion projected.

- Pontotoc County – State Highway 346 from just east of state maintenance limit near the Hurricane community to Highway 15 in Ecru; projected finish May 2007; estimated cost $1,450,000.

Contact Daily Journal Oxford bureau reporter Errol Castens at 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com