Thursday, May 10, 2012

Work Begins On I-55 Project

NEWS FROM MDOT


JACKSON, MISS., Friday, May 4, 2012--- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to inform the traveling public of an upcoming reconstruction and improvement project in Madison County.

On Thursday, May 10 2012, MDOT will begin construction of the Split Diamond Project. This project will reconstruct a section of I-55 from Old Agency Road in Ridgeland to State Route 463 in Madison, while constructing a split diamond interchange between Madison Avenue and the proposed Colony Park Blvd. The project will add two (2) lanes to the interstate in each direction totaling eight (8) lanes, add frontage roads to the interstate between Old Agency Interchange and Madison Avenue, widen a portion of Madison Avenue to five (5) lanes, and build a portion of the new Colony Park Boulevard.

Lane closures on the interstate will be allowed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane closures for non-interstate work will be allowed Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. During construction, traffic will be placed head-to-head depending on the active phase of construction. The contractor will be allowed to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Once work begins, construction must be completed on the Sunnybrook Road improvements, the Sunnybrook Road/Jackson Street intersection reconstruction, Jackson Street widening, I-55 Northbound off ramp, and new east frontage road between Jackson Street and Steed Road by August 3, 2012. A considerable amount of construction will take place while traffic is in its current location. Eventually traffic will be placed head-to-head in the southbound lanes while the new northbound lanes are under construction. Once the new northbound lanes are finished, traffic will then be shifted to the northbound lanes in a head-to-head configuration while the southbound lanes are completed at which time all lanes will be restored to their correct locations. The amount of time traffic is head-to-head will be held to an absolute minimum. There will be at least two lanes of traffic available at all times. A service patrol vehicle will be available on the project at all times to help stranded motorists within the work zone.

“This worthy project will improve safety and efficiency for the thousands who drive through this area on a daily basis,” said MDOT Central District Commissioner Dick Hall. “All motorists that travel this area should stay alert and proceed with caution while in the construction zones.”

The Split Diamond Project was awarded to Hill Brothers Construction Company, Inc. of Faulkner, MS at a bid amount of $85.4 million. The project is expected to be completed by November 2014.

For real-time updates on the Split Diamond Project, please follow MDOT on Twitter (@MississippiDOT) at: www.twitter.com/MississippiDOT and “like” MDOT on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MississippiDOT.

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