MDOT Announces Possible Lane Closures as Motorists Begin Memorial Day Weekend Travel
JACKSON, MISS., Friday, May 28, 2010 – As motorists are preparing to travel this Memorial Day weekend, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urge motorists to buckle up for safety and remember to make sure that child restraint use are your number one priority.
“We want everyone to enjoy their Memorial Day holiday but keep safety in mind as you take to the highways,” said MDOT Executive Director Larry L. “Butch” Brown. “Remember to always buckle up for safety. Risky behavior, such as drinking and driving, can lead to tragic results. By avoiding these behaviors, it will help to ensure that everyone returns home from their holiday travels safely.”
To plan your travel in advance, MDOT would like to announce to the traveling public possible lane closures that you might encounter while traveling through the state.
Monroe County – There will be a lane closure on U. S. Highway 278 near the railroad underpass in Amory.
Pontotoc/Union Counties – The eastbound inside lane of U.S. Highway 78 will be closed at the Blue Springs Interchange.
Monroe County – U. S. Highway 278/SR 25 will be closed at the railroad underpass in Amory. (A signed detour is in place).
There will be a southbound lane closure between the Highway 17 (Pickens) exit and the Madison County Line at I-55 in Holmes & Yazoo Counties.
Meridian Metro Area – Lauderdale County – Overlay Project. There will be a lane closure on Highway 19 between I-59/I-20 and Highway 45. The lane closure will be for Friday night, May 28, 2010 and also on Tuesday night, June 1, 2010. This project is being performed at night. The contractor on this project is APAC.
Lauderdale County – Overlay Project – There will be a lane closure on Highway 45 between Meridian and the Clarke County Line. The closure will be in place Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The contractor is Tanner Construction.
Design Build Project – There will be multiple extended lane closures on I-20 between Chunky and Meridian. We also have an extended lane closure on I-20/I-59 between the I-20/I-59 merger and 65th Avenue on the eastbound lanes. These extended closures are already in place and will continue for the duration of work being performed in this area. The contractor is Joe McGee Construction.
Hawkins Crossing Project – There will be a lane shift and lane closure on Hawkins Crossing. The lane shift is being installed on I-20/I-59 between the intersection of I-20/
I-59 & Highway 19 South and the intersection of I-20/I-59 & Highway 45. This lane shift will stay in place until work is completed in the area. The lane closure will be in the same area as the lane shift. The Contractor is Racon, Inc.
Noxubee County – There will be a lane closure on Saturday and Monday in the southbound lane on Highway 45 between Brooksville and Shuqualak.
Harrison County – There will be intermittent lane closures Friday, 28th on Highway 15 in Harrison County from Lamey Bridge Road six (6) miles to north. The contractor will be paving local road tie-ins and driveways in this section of Highway 15.
Pearl River County – There will be lane closures north and southbound on Interstate 59 in Pearl River County on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The purpose of this closure is due to the design-build project which consists of six (6) bridge sites between Picayune and Poplarville.
There will be a lane closure Friday only in the southbound lane of I-59 in Clarke County.
There will be a lane of traffic closed on I-10 westbound between I-110 and State Route 609 throughout the weekend.
One lane of traffic on Interstate 59 through Laurel will be closed to one lane both directions northbound and southbound through the weekend.
Simpson County – There will be a lane closure on Highway 28 from Pinola to the Pearl River Bridge on Friday, May 28th.
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