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Multiple Road Projects Continue Moving Forward in Southern Mississippi

Interchange construction on Interstate 59 at State Route 42 in Forrest County
Interchange construction on Interstate 59 at State Route 42 in Forrest County
HATTIESBURG, MS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in south Mississippi.
Intersection Improvements on U.S. Highway 90 in Jackson County
Work continues on an intersection improvement project on U.S. 90 from Pascagoula Street to Chevron Drive in Jackson County. This $11.9-million project was awarded to Mallette Brothers Construction Company, Inc. Once complete, this project will realign the highway’s medians, the turn lanes will be offset, and traffic signals will be coordinated. Currently, crews are moving forward on median crossover realignments, and work to make improvements at local road intersections is underway. This project is expected to wrap up late 2021.
Reconstruction Project on U.S. Highway 11 in Pearl River County
Work on a reconstruction project that stretches from Cayten Street to Lakeshore Drive on U.S. 11 continues in Pearl River County. Work to widen the roadway along the west side is underway, and crews are continuing work on drainage structures near State Route 43. This $14.4-million project was awarded to Barriere Construction Company, LLC. This work is part of phase one, which is expected to be completed fall 2022.

The second phase will include the construction of a new bridge over the East Hobolochitto Creek and is currently scheduled for construction beginning in 2023. The new bridge will have shoulders and include a protected sidewalk with a concrete barrier for pedestrians. The entire project is estimated to be completed in 2025.

Safety Improvement Project on U.S. Highway 49 in Forrest County
Work on a safety improvement project on U.S. 49 continues in Forrest County. Currently, crews are performing grading work in the median and southbound outside shoulder. Reconstruction of the existing southbound lanes to remove steep vertical curves has also begun. Work on drainage culverts is underway as well as the construction of retaining walls. This project was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction and is expected to be completed fall 2022. 
Interchange Construction on Interstate 59 at State Route 42 in Forrest County
An interchange construction project continues making progress on I-59 at SR 42 in Forrest County. Work on the new overpass is nearing completion, and construction of the westbound SR 42 to southbound I-59 loop is underway. Crews are also completing the tie-ins for the new northbound I-59 ramps. This $24.2-million construction project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders, LLC. It is estimated to be completed spring 2021.
Multiple Overlay Projects Throughout Southeast Mississippi
There are several overlay projects happening throughout south Mississippi. In Lamar County, a 12-mile mill and overlay project continues on I-59 from the Pearl River County line to Black Creek. This $14.1-million project was awarded to Warren Paving, Inc. and is expected to be completed in spring 2021.

In Forrest County, a seven-mile mill and overlay on I-59 from U.S. Highway 98 east to the Lamar County line is underway. This $11.3-million project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders and is expected to be completed summer 2021.

In Stone County, an 11-mile overlay project is underway on State Route 26 from the Pearl River County line to Fairgrounds Street. This $2.1-million project was awarded to Huey P. Stockstill, LLC and is expected to be completed spring 2021.

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