Phase 2 of I-55 South Project set to begin soon

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HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is set to begin phase two of the Interstate 55 South Project from McDowell Road to Byram.

Phase two is set to begin on April 15.

Crews will reconstruct the median and southbound lanes of I-55.

New lighting will be placed in the median, and retaining walls will be constructed between the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 on the frontage road. MDOT will also install a new traffic signal at the Byram interchange and Intelligent Transportation System components, such as traffic cameras and dynamic message signs along Interstate 55.

The contract for phase two of the Interstate 55 South Project was given to Yates Construction. The bid for the contract was about $85 million.

Phase two is expected to be completed late summer 2018.

“Once completed, this section of Interstate 55 will have six lanes to provide a smoother and more efficient route to commuters and travelers that will benefit an area that has seen a great deal of economic growth and development in recent years,” said Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall.

Drivers should expect some delays while work is in progress.

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