Tuesday, December 12, 2023


MDOT issued the following statement. 

Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews have reopened the south frontage road over Hanging Moss Creek in Jackson. (KF: Canton Mart intersection)

“This is a heavily utilized bridge for drivers to get to work, school and church. We are pleased to announce it has reopened for travel,” said Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District. “Although the bridge is open for travel, in the coming weeks, crews will need to briefly shut it down to replace a tension bar that was special ordered. Other work such as permanent striping and raised pavement markers must be installed before work is fully complete.” 

The bridge was shut down on November 27, 2023, with the expectation of remaining closed for several months. Favorable weather conditions, cooperation from the traveling public and hard work allowed crews to quickly repair the damaged bridge panel and reopen the roadway well ahead of schedule.

The emergency repairs were needed due to a fire that occurred underneath the bridge that damaged a bridge panel earlier this year. Repair work included removing the existing asphalt overlay, removing and replacing voided deck slabs and railing, repairing spalls and other damage with epoxy mortar and applying a hybrid polymer concrete overlay to the deck.

Before reopening the bridge, crews swept the area and placed a temporary stripe that will be utilized until the permanent stripe is in place. MDOT officials will update the public before the tension bar is installed that will require a brief, temporary closure of the bridge.

“Please continue to exercise caution by slowing down and staying alert for roadside crews and workers until the project is fully complete,” said Simmons. 

The $828,000 repair project was awarded to Key, LLC of Madison. Remaining work is expected to wrap up in spring 2024. 

Stay updated on this project and others by downloading the MDOT Traffic mobile app, visiting at MDOTtraffic.com and following @MississippiDOT on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).



Anonymous said...

Is this normal progression or has Willie inserted himself into the process? If the latter, this would represent the first time a Highway Commissioner has authenticated his claim of relevance.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know the status of I-20 between Hwy 18 and I-55 north? It was so bad that the asphalt had worn down to the sublevels below it. They started to mill it a few weeks ago, but I haven't seen any more progress. The project search on the MDOT webpage doesn't show any active projects in that area. It's the worst stretch of interstate I've ever experienced.

Anonymous said...

FYI these are contractors and not actual MDOT employees.

The two ways you can tell are:

1. Actual work is being done, not eating/sleeping in the truck, buying beer in the truck, or leaning on a shovel.
2. They aren’t wearing their state-issued MDOT high-viz safety vests covered in MDOT logos.

Note that whenever you see people working hard on the highway the are contractors.

Anonymous said...

Being an MDOT project the Royal Prince of Jackistan won't be receiving his 10%. So sad.

Anonymous said...

With the level of homeless people still camping out right there, it's only a matter of time before it happens again.

Anonymous said...

I was unaware that concrete had a flash-point.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 4:34. Can’t go to Wendy’s without getting accosted!

Several months turned into 3 weeks!!! That’s better than Ted’s northside drive fiasco!!!

Anonymous said...

That Wendy’s on 55 North has problems.

They desperately need security or their days are numbered.

Anonymous said...

As a MDOT employee, the first drop of rain on your head is your fault; the second drop is MDOT's fault.

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