Work on the Interstate 55 South Expansion Project between McDowell Road and Byram in Hinds County is on schedule, announced Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District and chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began phase two of the project in April 2016. This phase includes reconstruction of the median and southbound lanes, installing new highway lighting, constructing new retaining walls, adding traffic signals at the Byram interchange and making Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) upgrades.
“This section of I-55 is one of the most heavily used corridors in the Jackson-Metro,” Hall said. “Once complete, this project will increase safety and efficiency for the traveling public.”
Retaining wall construction and median reconstruction is complete. Crews continue to work on paving the newly constructed southbound lanes and ramps. Work to reconstruct sections of the frontage roads is underway.
Southbound traffic has switched to the newly constructed lanes and away from a head-to-head configuration.
“Safety is always MDOT’s top priority,” Hall said. “Being able to move traffic away from the head-to-head configuration was a big step in increasing safety, as well as an indicator that completion of this project is nearing its end. I continue to urge the traveling public to have patience and slow down when traveling through this work zone.”
W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, was awarded the approximately $85 million phase two contract. MDOT expects the project to be complete in late summer.
Highway work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.
For more information about these or other 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.