MDOT Project Updates

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced updates on projects in Newton, Lauderdale, and Neshoba counties.

Crews have completed about one-half of the milling and overlay work on
Interstate 20, beginning at the Scott/Newton County Line to Chunky. The total project bid was near $12 million. It's expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

Clearing and grubbing to remove trees and vegetation is 99% complete. Construction crews are currently milling and paving, replacing a guardrail, installing cast-in-place barrier rails, and replacing fencing in certain locations.

A four-lane grade, bridge and paving contract on Highway 19 North to Highway 492, in Newton and Neshoba counties, of $33.4 million was awarded to Eutaw Construction. This project is approximately 7½ miles long.

Crews are now clearing, grubbing, grading, and performing erosion control. Once the clearing and grading operations have progressed sufficiently, construction of bridges and installation of drainage structures will follow. This project, set for completion in February 2012, is being paid for by stimulus funds, of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A project to four-lane, grade, bridge and pave on Highway 19 in Lauderdale County, from Collinsville to the Newton County line, was awarded to L & T Construction for $26.8 million. It's expected to be complete by April 2011.

Officials say crews are approximately 75% complete with grading operations and drainage structures for Phase One of this construction project. Once this phase is completed, all traffic will be placed on the newly constructed north bound lanes and reconstruction of the existing highway will begin. It's also being funded by money from the federal stimulus package.

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