Update on Four-lane expansion on State Route 15 to Union County line

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert recently gave an update on the progress of expanding state route 15 from Pontotoc to the Union County Line.

From the release:

Four-lane expansion on State Route 15 in Pontotoc County

A $21.5 million construction project to expand State Route 15 in Pontotoc County from two lanes to four will stretch approximately eight miles from State Route 76 north to the Union County line.

Crews have completed foundation and soil stabilization work on the north end of the project. Paving is expected to start by mid-November on the north end.

The four-lane project also includes replacement or repair of three bridges along the existing highway. On the south end of the project, the Lappatubby Creek Bridge, which was constructed in 1955, will be replaced. The Tanglefoot Trail Bridge, which was built in 1971, will be replaced, and the existing roadway will be lowered to a similar grade as the new lanes.

A third bridge in Ecru crossing the Lappatubby Creek was built in 1971 and will see several repairs and improvements.

The intersection of State Route 345 will also be realigned.

The project was awarded to Talbot Brothers, of Nesbit, in April. The estimated completion will be summer 2020.

Construction zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that can cause confusion to some motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

“Workers may be present on these maintenance and construction projects,” Said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “MDOT encourages drivers to slow down in work zones so our crew members can make it home safe to their families.”

For more information on MDOT maintenance and construction projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, call Mississippi 511, download the free MDOT Traffic app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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