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MDOT hopes to sign contract on U.S. 80 repair

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials hope to soon sign a contract for a project to repair a slide area that damaged a section of U.S. 80, an MDOT spokesman said.

MDOT spokesman Mike Flood said MDOT officials are presently in the process of acquiring approximately 0.268 acres of land for rights of way to repair the problem, adding officials “hope to go to contract in a few weeks.” He said the highway will not be widened in the project.

Flood said the heavy rain the area has received since the state closed the road to traffic has only had a minor impact on the area.

“It will not affect our current plan for repair,” he said.

On Feb. 11, state officials closed the section of the major thoroughfare between the cement plant and Mount Alban Road after problems with the road caused by runoff from heavy rains eroded the highway’s shoulder and caused the roadway to fail, making it unsafe to travel.

This is not the first problem to hit the highway.

In 2016, erosion caused by two days of heavy rains forced state officials to shut down both lanes of a section of U.S. 80 at Thornhill Road to repair a washout that removed dirt from under the highway’s westbound lane.

About John Surratt

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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