Once the first phase is complete, two-way traffic will be switched to the newly constructed road so work can begin on the second phase, which consists of rehabilitating portions of the existing SR 19 and reconstructing other areas that require new cross drains and box culverts. The third phase will place traffic in the four-lane configuration, place the final lift of asphalt, and provide permanent striping.
“This stretch of roadway has seen a steady increase in traffic. Expanding to four lanes, along with the new grade, will offer much smoother riding conditions, showcasing the significant progress in the area,” Simmons said. “All traffic — from commuters and school traffic to commercial traffic — will experience a safer and less congested drive along SR 19 next year.”
The $36 million contract was awarded to W.G. Yates and Sons Construction of Philadelphia. The project is expected to wrap up in 2024.
In January, the design phase of the project was completed. Crews have completed traffic shifts at the 65th Avenue site and the SR 19/39 bridge site. Pile driving efforts are complete, and crews continue pouring concrete at each location. The Knight Parker Road bridges have been replaced with roadway fill, and widening of the shoulders at the 65th Avenue bridge and SR 19/39 sites remain underway. The lowering of SR 19/39 has been completed with the exception of the final lift of asphalt.
“The design-build aspect of the project expedites the ability to get the design done as soon as possible, and each part of this project will further enhance safety and efficiency for motorists and commercial traffic in Meridian,” Simmons said.
The $24.4 million design-build project was awarded to Key Construction Company of Madison with an anticipated completion date of summer 2023.
The $5.1 million project was awarded to Dickerson & Bowen of Jackson. Remaining work includes the application of thermoplastic pavement markings. This will be completed once weather conditions allow.
The $6.4 million contract was awarded to APAC-Mississippi of Jackson. The project is expected to be completed once weather conditions are favorable enough to apply thermoplastic stripe.
The nearly $8 million project was awarded to Superior Asphalt, Inc. of Byram. The estimated completion date is summer 2023.
“This is a heavily traveled and dangerous roadway to make repairs like this. Instead of performing this work overnight and taking months to complete, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, we are currently planning to hold two shutdown periods — one for each direction — that will last up to 10 days,” Simmons said. “This will give crews 24 hours a day to perform the work and get it done as quickly as possible.”
Remaining work is anticipated to wrap up this summer. The $3.8 million contract was awarded to AJ Construction, Inc. of Jackson.
The nearly $3 million project was awarded to Dickerson & Bowen. Work is expected to begin next month and anticipated to last through the summer.