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Highway Improvement Projects Continue Across Northwest Mississippi

Roundabout construction at U.S. 72 in Benton County
Roundabout construction at U.S. 72 in Benton County
Bridge replacement on State Route 8 in Calhoun County
Bridge replacement on State Route 8 in Calhoun County
Bridge replacement on State Route 35 in Attala County
Bridge replacement on State Route 35 in Attala County
BATESVILLE, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces several construction and maintenance projects in northeast Mississippi.

“It is always encouraging to see the list of active and even recently completed projects,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District. “Our focus at the commission is to identify the immediate needs which may be unmet, and find ways to meet our many challenges ahead."

“These projects are vital to our communities in northwest Mississippi, and they wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous level of support we receive from our state legislature and executive branch,” said Mitch Turner, District 2 Engineer.

Lottery-Funded Paving Projects
Progress continues on the mill and overlay of State Route 4 from the State Route 4 bypass to State Route 5 in Benton and Marshall Counties. The leveling asphalt has been placed, trench widening is complete, and the surface asphalt placement is underway. The $9.7 million contract was awarded to Double T Construction, LLC of Holly Springs. Work is expected to be completed fall 2023.
Bridge Replacements on State Route 3 in Tate and Tunica Counties
Work is progressing on two bridge replacements on State Route 3 in Tate and Tunica Counties. The bridges are being built over the CNIC Railroad and the Coldwater River near Savage. They are being constructed on a new alignment, adjacent to the existing road. The deck surface on the CNIC bridge is complete, and the deck surface on the Coldwater River Bridge is underway. The $25.5 million project was awarded to Talbot Brothers Inc. of Nesbit. Work is expected to be completed spring 2024.
Roundabout Construction at U.S. 72 and State Route 7 in Benton County
Work has started on the construction of a new roundabout at the U.S. 72, State Route 7 intersection in Benton County. This will be the first roundabout of its kind in Mississippi to be installed on a four-lane highway. Curb, island pavement, drainage work, lighting, and the hauling of borrow excavation is underway. The $7.8 million project was awarded to Xcavators, Inc. of Falkner. Work is expected to be completed summer 2024.
State Route 309 Mill and Overlay in Marshall County
Work has started on the mill and overlay of State Route 309, from the end of the four-lane north of U.S. 78, to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County. The asphalt surface, driveway pads, and striping are complete. Signal modifications at the intersections of State Route 309 with State Route 178 and State Route 302 are ongoing. The $4.8 million project was awarded to Standard Construction Company, Inc. of Byhalia. Work is expected to be completed fall 2023.
Bridge Replacement on State Route 35 in Carroll County
A project to replace a bridge on State Route 35 over the Big Sand Creek continues in Carroll County. The bridge is being built in the original location, and a detour bridge has been built to handle traffic during construction. The bridge deck is complete, and work continues on the pedestrian walkway. The $6.5 million project was awarded to Century Construction Group of Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed spring 2024.
Bridge Replacement on SR 442 in Leflore County
Work is progressing on the replacement of five bridge sites in Leflore County. Work has been completed on the Site 1 bridge and is progressing on the Site 2 bridge. Plans are to open both bridges to traffic by fall 2023 and begin work on the Site 5 bridge in order to minimize local impacts to travel. Talbot Brothers was awarded the $12.4 million contract. Work is expected to be completed fall 2024.
Bridge Replacement on State Route 8/9 in Calhoun County
Work is progressing on the replacement of four bridges located south of Calhoun City. Traffic has been diverted onto the detour road at Site 1. Earthwork and bridge work is continuing on the realignment at Site 2. Manhattan Road & Bridge Company of Little Rock was awarded the $24.1 million contract, and work began in May 2022. Work is expected to be completed spring 2024.
Bridge Replacement on SR 8 in Calhoun and Grenada Counties
Progress is being made on a bridge replacement on State Route 8 in Calhoun and Grenada counties. Traffic has been placed onto the detour road on Site 1. Construction has begun on the permanent bridges. Earthwork and bridge work is progressing on the realignment at Site 2. T.L. Wallace Construction of Columbia was awarded the $24.5 million contract. Work is expected to be completed summer 2024.
Bridge Replacement on State Route 6 Quitman County
Work continues on the construction of two bridges over Cassidy Bayou and the Coldwater River in Quitman County. The realignment of the Cassidy Bayou Bridge is complete, and the bridge deck is complete. Beams have been set, and deck work is progressing on the Coldwater River Bridge. W.G. Yates & Sons of Jackson was awarded the $29.7 million project. Work is expected to be completed fall 2024.
Bridge Replacement on State Route 35 in Attala County
Work is progressing on the replacement of a bridge and box bridge north of Kosciusko. Earthwork is underway, and piling work will begin on the detour road soon. Joe McGee Construction was awarded the $6.5 million contract. Work is expected to be completed fall 2024.
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