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Dreaded 'S Curve' finally straightened

LAUREL — Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown announced that a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of the I-59 “S” Curve in Laurel has been set for Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. A ceremony dedicating the I-59 bridge between Beacon Street and Fourth Avenue in memory of David R. Brown, original project engineer on the “S” Curve project, will also be held in conjunction with the ribbon cutting.

The ceremonies will be held at the Laurel Train Depot at 230 Maple Street. The public is invited to attend.

According to Brown, the completion of this project provides for the reconstruction and realignment of I-59 from 16th Avenue to 4th Avenue in Laurel. This section has now been upgraded to current interstate standards by eliminating the “S” Curve and improving other geometrics, vertical alignments and bridge widths.

To begin construction on the I-59 “S” Curve project, the City of Laurel utilized the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT’s) Highway Enhancement through Local Partnerships Program (H.E.L.P.) to secure the $32 million needed to advance the funding of this project.

Tanner Construction Company Inc. of Ellisville was the contractor on this project.

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