Some highways to reopen today as floodwaters fall

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued updated roadway information as the flooding Mississippi River continues to impact travel. However, some roadways are slated to reopen as early as  today.

The impacted roadways and their estimated date for reopening, where available, are:

• U.S. 49W in Humphreys and Yazoo counties at Whittington Channel south of Silver City to Yazoo River (10 miles). The reopening date: today at 12 p.m. MDOT said the underlying pavement drainage systems have allowed floodwaters to drain out of the pavement sufficiently to re-open this road as scheduled.  MDOT crews are presently working to prepare the road for traffic. MDOT also urges extreme caution when this highway reopens due to soft shoulders and standing water in adjacent areas.

• U.S. 61/SR 3 in Warren County north of Vicksburg at the U.S. 61/SR 3 intersection near Redwood to Backwater Levee (4.5 miles). The reopening date is today at 12 p.m. The through lanes and ramps are now clear of water. The underlying pavement drainage systems have allowed floodwaters to drain out of the pavement sufficiently to re-open this road as scheduled.  MDOT crews are presently working to prepare the road for traffic. Again MDOT urges extreme caution when this highway reopens due to soft shoulders and standing water in adjacent areas.

• U.S. 61 – Warren and Claiborne counties south of Vicksburg at the Big Black River (4.5 miles). The estimated reopening date is June 3. The floodwater has receded from the roadway but inspections and tests have identified some potential problems with the pavement. Further testing is now being performed in order to evaluate the structural integrity of the roadway and to determine needed repairs.

• SR 16 / SR 149 (Old Highway 49W) in Yazoo County from Whittington Auxiliary Channel to Erickson Road (two miles). The estimated opening date is mid-June. At present, the floodwater is over 2.5 feet deep on this road at its deepest point.  Floodwaters will have to recede significantly before cleanup and inspection can be performed.

• SR 16 / SR 149 (Old Highway 49W) in Yazoo County from Erickson Road to Yazoo River (7 miles). The reopening date is today at 12 p.m. Floodwaters have receded completely on this segment. Further cleanup, inspection and testing are being performed to prepare the road for re-opening. Initially, this segment will be opened to local traffic only until the remaining segment near the Whittington Channel can re-opened at a later date.

• SR 465 in Warren and Issaquena counties between U.S. 61 and Eagle Lake (10 miles) –The estimated reopening date is mid- to late-June. Floodwaters are currently six feet over the road at the deepest point. Floodwaters will have to recede significantly before any work is done on this segment.

• SR 24 in Wilkinson County near Fort Adams. The water has receded and the highway is scheduled to be opened to traffic today at 12 p.m.

Source: MDOT

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