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MDOT Award Final U.S. Highway 90 Reconstruction Projects
Work to Finish in 2008

From: MDOT   Filed 10/11/07  GCN

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded the final two contracts in a series of U.S. Highway 90 reconstruction projects.

The five mile project to rebuild roadway and install signals from Rodenberg Avenue to Biloxi Bay was awarded to Lane Construction Company of Ocean Springs for $19.8 million.  An eleven mile stretch from Bayview Avenue to Louis Avenue in the Henderson Point community was awarded to Warren Paving Company of Hattiesburg and Gulfport for $28.8 million.

According to MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown, the work to rebuild the highway and install signals was combined to enhance efficiency during the construction process.

“This scenic highway, with its unique history and purpose will be reconstructed in such a way that crews will be allowed the highest level of coordination,” said Commissioner Brown.  “The result of these concurrent projects will be the complete restoration of this important coast landmark.”

Brown added that the bids for construction were highly competitive, as the difference between the two lowest bids was only $78,000.  “MDOT appreciates all the work that was done by several Mississippi contractors that resulted in competitive yet reasonable bid proposals being submitted for the projects,” said Commissioner Brown.

Temporary repairs were made to Highway 90 after Hurricane Katrina, which included clearing debris, patching pavement, and installing fixed time signals, so that the roadway could be opened to traffic as soon as possible. The reconstruction projects will provide for permanent repairs, such as road resurfacing, the installation of state of the art traffic systems with mast arm signal poles, the replacement of curbs, and repairs to the drainage systems and sidewalks. 

The entire 26 mile highway reconstruction project will cost approximately $92.5 million.  The completion date is scheduled for December of 2008.

History of U.S. 90 Projects (.pdf file)


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