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State Route 145 - Prentiss County - Twenty Mile Creek

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced updates on safety, construction and maintenance projects in Northeast Mississippi.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 11:24 AM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 11:32 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA/Press Release) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced updates on safety, construction and maintenance projects in Northeast Mississippi.

State Route 145 in Prentiss County

Work continues on this project to replace six bridges and a box culvert along State Route 145 in Prentiss County. The existing timber pile bridges and culvert were built in the 1940s. MDOT engineers placed weight restrictions on each of the bridges which presented safety concerns for the traveling public. The project covers four separate sites.

Site 1 includes three bridges over Twenty Mile Creek, Wolf Creek and the Wolf Creek Tributary. Two of the bridges are complete through the bridge deck. Guardrails will be installed on each bridge. The third bridge over Wolf Creek Tributary at Site 1 is being demolished. Materials for reconstruction are staged on site. Asphalt will be laid along the construction site. Completion is scheduled this summer.

Site 2 includes one bridge replacement over Osborne Creek and one box culvert extension. County Road 7090 will be realigned as part of the project. Bridge construction will begin after Site 1 is completed. A signed detour will be in place.

Site 3, north of State Route 4, will rebuild one bridge over King's Creek. Site 4, north of Thrasher Road, will replace one bridge with a new box culvert. Sites 3 and Site 4 have a construction timeline of May 2019 to July 2019. Detours will be in place.

MDOT anticipates the entire project to be complete by early summer 2020.

“These bridges have been on MDOT’s deficient bridge list and have become a public safety issue,” Tagert said. “These projects will increase safety and mobility throughout the region.”

Bridge replacements on State Route 178 in Itawamba County

Work to replace seven bridges along State Route 178 in Itawamba County is on schedule. MDOT expects the project to reopen to traffic this summer.

Traffic is moving on the new bridge over Lick Skillet Creek, crews are removing the temporary detour bridge at the site. The Gum Creek Bridge, Cypress Creek Bridge and a relief slough bridge are under construction. The highway connecting the bridges is also under construction.

Farther east, Hickory Creek Bridge and Bull Mountain Creek Bridge are complete and open to traffic. At Johns Creek, a temporary detour bridge is in place while crews construct a new, permanent bridge. A second bridge over Johns Creek will be replaced with a box culvert, which is currently under construction.

“The original bridges were constructed in the 1930s, and they have outlived their serviceable life spans,” Tagert said. “When the project is completed, it will put this section of State Route 178 back in full service.”

Landslide on State Route 178 in Lee County

An emergency project to repair a landslide on State Route 178 has been awarded to Century Construction & Realty Inc. for $980,157. A portion of highway between State Route 371 and Treeside Drive near Mooreville was closed February 25 after heavy rains saturated the shoulder slope and caused a landslide.

RELATED: Huge landslide in Lee County 

To repair the highway, MDOT plans to drive piles along the slide to help stabilize the shoulder slope. Once the soil is stabilized, crews will repair the roadbed and apply a new lift of asphalt. A four-mile detour will remain in place from State Route 371 to Interstate 22 to Eason Boulevard throughout the duration of this emergency repair project.

Pavement Preservation Projects

Several pavement preservation projects are underway throughout Northeast Mississippi.

“Mississippi’s roads are deteriorating at rates faster than our crews can repair them, and this trend will continue unless a stable funding solution is found,” Tagert said. “However, pavement preservation projects will improve safety, extend the life of the road surface and postpone costly, full-scale reconstructions.”

- Approximately eight miles of U.S. Highway 72 will be repaved in two separate projects. A $2.1 million project in Alcorn County will mill and overlay approximately three miles from County Road 262 to the Tishomingo County line. An approximately $2.5 million project will mill and overlay four and a half miles of U.S. Highway 72 from the county line east to State Route 172.

- Thirteen miles of Interstate 22 in Tupelo will be repaved from U.S. Highway 45 to the Itawamba County line. The $7.9 million project includes ramps and interchanges.

- A nearly one-mile stretch of State Route 12 from Eckford Drive to Russell Street in Starkville will be repaved as part of a safety project. New raised-curb medians are being installed. The $3.9 million project is slated for completion this summer.

- A four-lane section of State Route 25 in Iuka from south of U.S. Highway 72 north approximately five miles will be milled and overlaid. The $2.9 million project is scheduled to begin in June.

Work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to motorists. 

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