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MDOT projects continue moving forward in southwest Mississippi


MCCOMB, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues making improvements to highways in southwest Mississippi.

“All of these projects are geared towards one main goal: improving driver safety. Safety remains MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.

Lottery-funded projects throughout the district

A $3.4 million project to overlay State Route 35 south to U.S. Highway 98 and State Route 13 south from State Route 43 to Highway 98 is moving forward in Marion County. Asphalt and gravel work are now complete. Work on final striping remains. This project was awarded to Warren Paving, Inc., of Hattiesburg, and due to Covid related delays, is slated to wrap up early spring.

A $1.2 million project to overlay State Route 198 from west of Lumberton Road to U.S. 98 will begin soon in Marion County. This project was awarded to Warren Paving, Inc.

A $1 million project to overlay State Route 583 from U.S. 98 to Sim Thornhill Road, State Route 27 from High School Drive to State Route 48, and State Route 585 from State Route 22 north one mile will begin soon in Walthall County. This project was awarded to Dickerson & Bowen Inc., of Brookhaven.

Bridge replacement project on State Route 198 in Marion County

A project to replace two bridges on SR 198 is moving forward in Marion County.

Construction of the first bridge is now complete. Work on the second bridge is expected to begin in the upcoming weeks. Dirt crews started construction of new slopes and intersection improvements.

This $8.9 million project was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction, of Columbia, and is expected to be complete in winter 2022.

Bridge preservation project on State Route 35 in Marion County

A project to preserve the SR 35 bridge over the Pearl River is moving forward in Marion County.

Currently, work on debris fins is now complete. Crews have started forming and pouring collars around the bridge piling.

This $2.3 million project was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction. Work is anticipated to wrap up early spring 2022.

Overlay project on U.S. Highway 61 in Adams and Wilkinson counties

A project to overlay 11 miles of U.S. Highway 61 is underway in Adams and Wilkinson counties. The overlay stretches from Doloroso to the Adams County line and from the Wilkinson County line to Kingston.

Currently, crews are working on mainline asphalt.

This $5.7 million project was awarded to W.E. Blain & Sons, Inc., of Mount Olive. Work is expected to wrap up mid-summer 2022.

Overlay project on U.S. Highway 84 in Lawrence County

A project to overlay the Monticello Bypass, U.S. Highway 84 from Old Highway 27 east to State Route 184, is underway in Lawrence County.

Currently, undersealing of the bridges is underway.

This $2.6 million project was awarded to Dickerson & Bowen, Inc., and is anticipated to be complete early summer 2022.

Safety improvements and overlay project on State Route 13 in Simpson County

A project to improve driver safety along State Route 13 and overlay the roadway continues in Simpson County. This project stretches from State Route 28 to the Jefferson Davis County line.

Crews continue work to clear and mulch areas along the roadway.

This $4.8 million project was awarded to W. E. Blain & Sons and is expected to be completed summer 2022.

Highway work zones are meant to protect the traveling public and highway workers on the side of the road. Highway work zones can be found throughout the state and often present unfamiliar traffic conditions. Examples of common work zones found on Mississippi highways and a complete list of tips can be found at

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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