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Mississippi DOT Projects Continue in Northwest Mississippi

BATESVILLE, MS — Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District, announces updates to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects in Northwest Mississippi.

Interstate 55 Bridge Replacement in Tate County
A project to replace two overpasses at Exit 271 near Coldwater continues in Tate County. The existing northbound I-55 bridge over State Route 306 was demolished last November. Retaining walls have been constructed, and beams were placed for the new bridge.

The existing bridges were built in 1959, and the bridge decks had deteriorated to a point where replacement was the only solution. The $9-million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company. The project will install a pair of bridges on the site with a life expectancy of 75 to 100 years. The project is estimated to be completed in summer 2019.

State Route 4 Bridge Replacement in Marshall County
A $4.7-million bridge replacement project is under construction at the Cuffawa Creek Bridge. The project will realign the section of highway to lessen curves in the road. The new 630-foot span will replace the two existing bridges.

The bridge deck has been poured, and asphalt has been laid on the west side of the bridge. Crews are constructing the guard rails and preparing the east end for asphalt. The work is being done by Joe McGee Construction Company and is expected to be completed in winter 2019.

Bridge Replacement Projects in Tallahatchie County
Work continues on a bridge replacement project along State Route 32 between State Route 35 and the Tallahatchie River. The first project near Charleston will replace six bridges and move traffic to a new alignment on State Route 32. The project began in February 2018. 

The eastern phase of the project is complete and open to traffic. Three new bridges and four box culverts were installed. The western phase of the project is currently under construction. The bridge and culvert work is expected to be completed in spring 2019. When construction is completed, a new surface course of asphalt will be laid throughout the project area.

Elsewhere in the county on U.S. Highway 49 East, a nearly $5-million project to replace the Black Bayou Bridge is being performed by Eutaw Construction. A temporary detour bridge has been opened for traffic. The existing bridge is being demolished, and the new permanent bridge is scheduled to be completed in summer 2019.


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