Highway 57 bridge construction on schedule


Highway 57 bridge construction on schedule

Construction on the new Highway 57 bridge should be finished by June 2019. (Photo source: WLOX) Construction on the new Highway 57 bridge should be finished by June 2019. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Stephen Trochesset spends a lot of time on his leased property just north of Red Creek and within yards of the Highway 57 bridge construction area. For him, there’s no problem, only benefits.

“Not at all. No,” he said. “The only thing we’ve just got to come and go a different way. But, other than that, it hasn’t bothered us at all.”

He said alternative routes south aren’t hard to find, and the construction crews are courteous.

“Nothing but super helpful,” Trochesset said. “Coming in and out, like if they’re in the way or something, they’ll move. They’ve been nothing but helpful.”

The bridge across Red Creek was damaged last September when a track hoe, being hauled south on Highway 57, slammed into the bridge causing all kinds of damage.

“When the truck hit it and damaged the old bridge, we actually pushed the bridge further up and moved the time up,” said Jason Winders, area engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. “There were a lot of people who did a lot of hard work real fast to get this project underway to make it happen,” he said.

Tanner Construction crews so far have removed the old bridge, put in a temporary work bridge and dug foundation supports. They are putting in temporary supports to begin actual bridge construction. The new bridge is about 300 feet east of where the old bridge once stood, and the $7.5 million project will include a new road.

“This is a fairly complicated bridge,” Winder said. “This is not just something we can put together overnight.”

But in the meantime, a major route north, away from approaching hurricanes, will be closed for at least a year. Winders is well aware of the timing.

“We appreciate the cooperation with the residents that live in this area,” he said. “And I know it’s a big inconvenience to them as the bridge is out. We’re going to work as hard and as fast as we can to get this bridge operational.”

Officials estimate that the bridge will be completed by June 2019.

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MDOT making infrastructure improvements in Pine Belt

MDOT making infrastructure improvements in Pine Belt

State Route 57 Bridge over the Red Creek in Jackson County is just one of many bridges undergoing improvements this spring. (Photo Source: WDAM) State Route 57 Bridge over the Red Creek in Jackson County is just one of many bridges undergoing improvements this spring. (Photo Source: WDAM)
PINE BELT (WDAM) – The journey across the Pine Belt for drivers may be difficult for some as they look for alternate routes due to construction. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is making several updates along highways to bridges to improve road conditions this spring.

“These projects will improve safety, efficiency and mobility throughout southeast Mississippi,” said Mississippi Department of Transportation Southern Transportation District commissioner Tom King in a press release. “Drivers should be cautious when in work zones and areas adjacent to these projects. MDOT urges the public to be mindful of highway construction and maintenance workers who are actively working on these improvements.”

Tanner Construction, who was awarded $7.7 million for the State Route 57 Bridge project, is set to start construction in spring over Red Creek in Jackson County. In Sept. 2017, the bridge closed after it was struck by a truck carrying a track hoe. According to a press release, the bridge will be concrete and accessible to all forms of traffic.

The at-risk bridge was just one on MDOT’s priority replacement list. Since State Route 57 Bridge was on the list, taxpayers were saved from paying half a million dollars to repair it.

“The best use of taxpayer dollars is to put all efforts toward expediting the construction of a replacement bridge,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director in a press release. “Repairing the existing bridge would entail much more than simply patching the damaged areas. In the long run, replacing the truss bridge with a new concrete bridge will greatly benefit the taxpayers of Mississippi.”

Other bridges in the Pine Belt are getting a makeover including five along U.S. Highway 49 in Brooklyn extending to Camp Shelby. Due to the change, the southbound traffic is being detoured in certain areas. Tanner Construction is also working on the $8.5 million project, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2018.

In an effort to protect and preserve two bridges on Interstate 59, MDOT will apply another coat of paint to the bridge over Leaf River in Jones County and Bouie River in Forrest County. The paint job will “help extend the life of these bridges for years and potentially save the taxpayer millions of dollars in maintenance and replacement costs,” a press release said. Both paints job are expected to be finished by late summer 2018.

The East Pascagoula River bridge in Jackson County is also undergoing the preservation process this spring. A press release said the procedure will include stabilizing “settled bents on the bridge by raising the bridge superstructure to its original position and recasting the connection to the substructure.”
MDOT will also install monitoring equipment to alert officials in the event the bents move in the future. The estimated cost to replace the bridge is over $500 million, but the initial phase will cost more than $579, 000. The changes are expected to restore the bridge’s original lifespan of 75 years. Gibson & Associates Inc., who was awarded the contract for the project, will wrap up work in late summer 2018.

Rehabilitation projects are currently underway in Jones and Wayne County. In Jones County on State Route 29 from State Route 590 to Interstate 59, the pavement is being rehabilitated. Additionally, State Route 590 from Interstate 59 to the 590 bypass is another project. The completion date for both projects is late summer 2018.

In Wayne County, rehabilitation work will begin this spring on U.S. Highway 84 from Chickasawhay River to Robbie Lane. Dunn Roadbuilders, who was awarded the $3.7 million-dollar contract, is slated to finish the roadwork in late summer 2018.

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Williamsville Bridge Construction / Philadelphia Neshoba Democrat

A crew from Tanner Construction of Laurel tears down the 80-year-old bridge at Williamsville which was closed last October.  The bridge, behind Canal Place Shopping Center, was closed when County Engineer Marty Crowder, during a routine inspection, deemed it unsafe.  The $1.2 milion bridge replacement project is expected to be completed in five months. The 2012 Neshoba County Bridge Inventory estimated that the Williamsville bridge on Road 375, or old Mississippi 15, had a daily traffic count of 1,200 vehicles.
A crew from Tanner Construction of Laurel tears down the 80-year-old bridge at Williamsville which was closed last October. The bridge, behind Canal Place Shopping Center, was closed when County Engineer Marty Crowder, during a routine inspection, deemed it unsafe. The $1.2 milion bridge replacement project is expected to be completed in five months. The 2012 Neshoba County Bridge Inventory estimated that the Williamsville bridge on Road 375, or old Mississippi 15, had a daily traffic count of 1,200 vehicles.

Construction to Begin on Williamsville Bridge

It’s one of those things you don’t realize you miss until it’s gone. The Williamsville Bridge has been closed since October when a county engineer deemed it unsafe during a routine inspection. Mayor James Young closed it immediately.

“That bridge carries a lot of traffic,” says Mayor Young.

The 2012 Neshoba County Bridge Inventory estimated that the bridge had a daily traffic rate of 1,200 vehicles.

One business says the bridge closure has taken a toll on their business.

“I’ve heard people say especially older people say, ‘I don’t come as much as I used to because it takes longer to get there,'” says Sid Williams, owner of William’s Brothers.

If you’re trying to get to the other side of the bridge you’re simply stopped in your tracks. Drivers are having to find alternate routes.

“That traffic is pushed back to the bypass and the evening times when the trucks are moving and the traffic. if you just go out there and watch awhile, who would have thought we’d have traffic jams in Philadelphia. But, that’s just how much traffic flows through,” says Mayor Young.

Construction on the 80-year-old Williamsville Bridge is expected to begin this week. Tanner Construction of Laurel was awarded the $2.1 Million dollar project in July.

“Thankfully we gave them the start date of September 8, 2015. They should be moving in with the signage and all those things they do pre-construction,” says Mayor Young.

The bridge, box culvert, and connecting pavement from South Lewis Ave. to Highway 16 is expected to be completed in March.

Construction is expected to begin on the Williamsville Bridge this week.

Several Phases of I-269 Work Reach Halfway Point in Miss.

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) The Mississippi Department of Transportation said several phases of the Interstate 269 construction project are more than halfway complete.

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said construction on the more than $640 million interstate project began in 2011 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.I-269 in Mississippi is composed of seven individual projects that total approximately 25 mi. (40 km) of four-lane highway in Desoto and Marshall counties.Once completed, I-269 will form a 30-mi. (48 km) loop around Memphis through Mississippi and Tennessee.In Mississippi, I-269 will begin at the I-55/I-69 intersection north of Hernando, cross Highway 78 near Byhalia and continue northeast to the Tennessee state line.

Tagert said the bypass will relieve traffic pressure on the I-55/I-69 corridor and connect I-40 and I-55 in north Mississippi. I-40 is a major cross-country freight route, and I-69 will be an international connector between Canada and Mexico.

Tagert said the interstate construction will connect local communities in several states and create economic development opportunities.

“This is more than just a bypass around Memphis. It will also provide a valuable means for commercial vehicles to move raw materials and manufactured goods through the region,” Tagert said in a news release.

First phase of east Jackson County flyover project winds down.


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — The $23 million first phase of the U.S. 90-Industrial Road flyover project is coming to a close, MDOT area engineer Gabe Faggard said today, and the $13.6 million second phase is set to begin mid-March.
The large road project — funded through local, state and grant funds — connects Miss. 63 to Miss. 611, bypassing U.S. 90 and the CSX railroad.

The first phase, which includes roadwork along Miss. 63 from Frederick Street south to Old Mobile Highway, realignment work and the overpass itself, should be complete by next week.

“Right now, the paving contractor is paving along 90, and we also have the sign contractor putting up the overhead signs,” Faggard said. “The overhead signs are going up around 7 p.m. tonight to show you how to get on and off the ramps.”

Other crews are preparing roadways for restriping and doing final touch-up work on the flyover bridge.

“The project is definitely in the final stages,” he said. “We hope to have all traffic in the new configuration on all the ramps by the end of next week.”

Lighting has been installed under the overpass, and high-mast lighting also surrounds the interchange.

The second phase of the major road project is to five-lane Industrial Road from Old Mobile Highway to the LNG facility. That phase is set to begin March 13 and should be complete in June 2015.

The project is meant to make commutes more efficient through east Jackson County’s industrial corridor and boost safety at the railroad crossing.

“With the large number of employees traveling that route every day and with the large amount of truck traffic going in and out to Chevron and other industries, eliminating that railroad crossing will definitely improve not only the efficiency of travel but will also greatly reduce the chance of side collisions with traffic and the CSX railroad,” Faggard said.

The years-long construction project — which was more than a decade in the making — has presented some challenges to MDOT.

“It was a very complex process trying to open up just a portion of the interchange while leaving another portion on the old route, but it was necessary to do it that way simply because a big portion of the interchange is constructed on top of where the old road was located,” Faggard said. “We had to open in phases in order to keep traffic moving.”The highly-traveled Miss. 611 industrial corridor is home to Chevron Corp.’s Pascagoula refinery, a Rolls-Royce propeller center, First Chemical Corp. and Mississippi Phosphates Corp., among other businesses.



 By April M. Havens | ahavens@al.com 

The Mississippi Press
February 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Updated February 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Mississippi 590 Extension, Jones County

Work is nearing completion on a $12 million project to extend Mississippi 590 from U.S. 11 to Mississippi 29 in Jones County. The highway extension project, awarded to Tanner Construction Co., adds a new route from Mississippi 590 to Mississippi 29. The roadway, located behind Jones County Junior College, provides a new entrance into the college and is intended to minimize traffic congestion in downtown Ellisville. Along with roadway work, the 2.5-mile project includes construction of a 2,000-bridge. The project is scheduled for completion by December.


Ellisville Hosts Ribbon Cutting For New Highway

 Ellisville Ribbing Cutting
Officials from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Jones County Junior College and the City of Ellisville gathered to celebrate a new highway Monday.

The 29 Bypass that is scheduled to open next week connects Hwy. 590 to Hwy. 29. Ellisville based company, Tanner Construction began the $12 million project in October 2011.

MDOT officials say the 2.5 mile long project included construction of a 2,000 ft. bridge.

Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup said the new bypass serves several purposes.  One is creating an alternate route for about 500 log trucks that usually pass through the City of Ellisville daily.

“This is going to be a great addition,” Waldrup said.  “I hope we can not only get rid of the trucks coming through the city, but also this will be a new economic corridor available in Ellisville, and I think the way we’re growing it will be filled before too many years.”

State Representative Bobby Shows explained that when Waldrup was the VP of Student Affairs at JCJC, he and the former president, Dr. Ronald Whitehead went to Washington seeking funds for the project.  Former Congressman Gene Taylor was able to grant them $3.5 million for the project, but it never took off.

“When Tom King ran for Highway Commissioner he said ‘I will get it done,’ so I said, ‘You will be my man,” Shows told the crowd.

“I see more than a road out here,” King said.  “I see economic development.”

His promise was fulfilled as officials cut the ribbon to the new roadway that also provides another main entrance onto JCJC’s campus.

“One of our biggest concerns any day is safety for our students coming in and out of campus, and it’s very congested in the mornings and the afternoons primarily, but this is definitely a safer alternative,” Jones President Jesse Smith said

He added this also provides the college with room to expand in the future.

 Originally Posted: Sep 24, 2013 6:56 PM CDT  Updated: Nov 19, 2013 10:22 AM CST