Mississippi 465 closing two months for paving project

Published 6:09 pm Monday, September 4, 2017

A 3-mile section of Mississippi 465 on the levee north of Eagle Lake will be closed for about two months for paving starting Wednesday, according to information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District.

Greg Raimondo public affairs director for the Vicksburg District said detours will be established during the project.

Daniel Sumerall, district project manager for the Mississippi Levee Program, said the road will not be widened during the project.

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“The crown (levee top) width is going to be the same and it will narrow down to one lane traffic at each of the cattle guards,” he said. “There’s a 20-foot width outside of those cattle guards. The cattle guards are a little more narrow.”

Sumerall said the crown will have to be re-graded to develop a smooth surface so the asphalt can be laid.

According to a press release on the project, APAC of Mississippi, which has a plant in Vicksburg, will be supplying the asphalt for the paving project, which will be done in three lifts, or segments.

“You can’t lay asphalt at the target thickness all at once,” Sumerall said. “You have to lay it in smaller lifts to make sure you get the right thickness and you have to pack it down.”

The Corps began the levee project in 2013 to raise the levees and add seepage berms to address some concerns about the river seeping, or trying to cut under the levee at high water periods during floods.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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