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MDOT gives update on projects

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued updates on projects in the Delta and Central Mississippi.

Delta projects are:

• Highway 8 in Bolivar/Sunflower counties — This project is a grade, drain and bridge project that will eventually connect U.S. 61 and U.S. 49 West with four-lanes between Cleveland and Ruleville. This project was awarded to low bidder L & T Construction of Hernando. The start date on this contract was June 11, 2009, and the scheduled completion date is July 9, 2010. The contract bid price was approximately $8.298 million.

• U.S. 61 bridge replacement in Warren County — This project is a bridge replacement over the Yazoo River at Redwood. The new bridge replaces the old truss-style bridge that had become a maintenance liability. Key, LLC, of Madison is the prime contractor on this project. The project was started in Sept. 2006 and is nearing completion. Traffic has already been turned onto the new bridge, and all that remains in the contract is the demolition of the old bridge, which is currently in progress. The contract bid price for this project is approximately $32.7 million.

• U. S. 82 bypass in Washington County — This project is a grade, drain and bridge project, which is the first of four projects to create a four-lane bypass corridor from Leland to the new Mississippi River Bridge crossing on the western portion of the U.S. 82 Greenville Bypass. The eastern portion has not yet been let to contract, and a paving project will have to be completed before traffic can use the bypass. This project will provide motorists on U. S. 82 easy access to the south end of Greenville as well as provide bypass around the city for through traffic.  The contractor working on this project is Tanner Construction Company of Ellisville. Crews began working on this project in March 2008, and its expected completion date is Sept. 2010. The cost for this project is approximately $32.42 million.

• U. S. 82 Mississippi River Bridge demolition project — This project is in Washington County, and will connect Mississippi and Arkansas with a new state of the art four-lane bridge crossing. This project will entail placing the final riding surface on the new bridge, moving traffic from the old bridge to the new bridge and demolishing the old bridge. This project should be let in Oct. 2009 with traffic being on the new bridge by July 2010. The demolition of the old bridge will then be expected to be completed by 2012. The estimated cost for this project is around $40 million.

The Central Mississippi projects are:

• I-20/U. S. 51 at Gallatin Street-Project 1 — The installation of the new ramp for the eastbound traffic as well as the temporary shoring underneath the I-20 westbound bridge over State Street is complete. A final inspection was recently held and the contractor only lacks some miscellaneous type work to be completely finished. APAC, MS of Jackson was the contractor on this project at a bid price of approximately $5 million.

• I-20/U.S. 51 at Gallatin Street-Project 2 — This project will provide for the replacement of the subject bridge. A detour will be constructed in the median of the interstate and while traffic is on the detour, the bridge will be removed and replaced in its current location. The construction plans are complete and the project is being advertised and let to contract this month. The construction estimate is $12.3 million.

• Highway 19-Project 1 – This project runs from Collinsville to the Newton County Line. The contractor, L&T Construction, has completed rough grading on the new northbound lanes and is in the process of finishing the design soil, sub-base and pavement. Work is on schedule at 34 percent complete. Work is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2011. The bid price was $27 million.

• Highway 19-Project 2 – This project, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), stretches from the Newton County Line to Highway 492 at House. The contractor, Eutaw Construction, has begun the clearing and grubbing, rough grading, bridge and culvert construction on the new northbound lanes. Work is on schedule at 13 percent complete. Work is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2012. The bid price was $33 million.

• I-59 at Hawkins Crossing (23rd Avenue East) — Work is underway on this project and the contractor, RaCon Inc., has begun the clearing and grubbing operations. The project is on schedule with about 5 percent of the work complete. Work is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2011. An ARRA project, the bid price was $20 million.

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