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Video: Highway 78 Work on Schedule

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NEW ALBANY, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to update motorists on the ongoing reconstruction work along Highway 78 in Union County.

MDOT continues bridge repair and reconstruction work on Highway 78 in New Albany on a six-mile section of roadway from just west of State Route 30 to just east of State Route 15. Highway 78 will soon be fully upgraded to interstate standards which will allow it to be converted into Interstate 22.

Hill Brothers Construction Company, Inc. is the contractor for this project with a contract amount of $18,996,585. This project began in March 2012 and is expected to be complete in November of 2013. Presently, the project is approximately 35% complete with 65% remaining. The contractor expects to have the work on the outside lanes complete near the first of the year. MDOT has been approved to designate this section of road, from the Alabama state line to Highway 45 in Tupelo, as Interstate 22.

“We are looking forward to this reconstruction of the highway and providing a safe and smooth surface for the traveling public in Union County,” Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said. “It is very important that motorists slow down as they approach the work zone and watch out for crews and equipment in the area.”

MDOT urges motorists to be patient and careful during this construction activity. MDOT regrets any inconveniences this reconstruction may cause. Traffic delays in this area could occur, and alternate routes should be considered.

For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit www.MDOTtraffic.com and sign up for your traffic alerts. Also, visit http://www.MDOTtraffic.com/mobile to get the latest traffic information from MDOTtraffic.com on your mobile device. MDOT advises the public to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the MDOTtraffic.com website while driving. MDOT’s number one concern is the safety of the traveling public.