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Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state.

MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are present.

Melinda McGrath

“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone affected by the recent storms,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “At the same time, I am proud of the level of response from our employees during the recent tornado outbreak. I ask motorists to please use caution as they approach maintenance crews on the side of the road during the recovery process.”

As a first responder agency, MDOT sent several maintenance crews out during the storms to patrol the state’s highways and interstates. They worked around the clock clearing routes of debris to allow motorists safe passage. During disaster response, MDOT works closely with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and other national, state and local first responder agencies to communicate roadway conditions to the public. Up-to-the-minute travel information gives first responders the ability to plan their routes while performing operations to help citizens in need of assistance.

In a separate item, MDOT has scheduled a day-long “Trash Bash” on May 15 in Hinds and Rankin counties, and the agency is asking motorists to use caution when driving through those areas.

Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said motorists need to watch out for MDOT workers who will be stationed along theses designated clean-up routes:

  • Highway 49 from Cynthia Road to Flora in Hinds County

• Highway 25 from Highway 471 to North Sandhill Road in Rankin County

Trash Bash is MDOT’s contribution to the Great American Cleanup, a year-long campaign presented by Keep America Beautiful. Each year MDOT brings together thousands of volunteers in counties across the state to remove thousands of cubic yards worth of litter from right-of-way areas along Mississippi highways.

Last year, nearly 2,000 volunteers picked up over 7,000 bags of trash from state highways.

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