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MDOT Closure of I-20 in Jackson to Impact Routes for JPS Students and Employees

October 10, 2019

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation has issued a release informing the public of its plans to close a section of Interstate 20 in Jackson. The closures will impact routes to and from JPS schools and other JPS locations in the coming weeks.

The first closure period begins Friday, October 18, and the second closure begins Friday, October 25. Each of these closure periods will last for five days and therefore will extend through the first part of the subsequent work weeks. JPS families and employees are encouraged to plan in advance alternate routes to and from work, school and activities.

Details of the project are outlined in MDOT's press release copied below.

Press Release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation

Next week, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews will close I-20 eastbound over Lynch Creek in Jackson to perform a bridge rehabilitation project.

The project, which requires two separate five-day closure periods, calls for the partial removal and replacement of both the eastbound and westbound bridge decks. The second closure will take place on the westbound side of I-20 one week later, on October 25 at 7 p.m. Each closure will begin at 7 p.m. and end by 6 a.m. the following Thursday.

The project will have a major impact on traffic. During construction, freight traffic will be directed to I-220 to detour around the I-20 closures. Local traffic will be directed to Highway 80. During the I-20 westbound closure, the on-ramp to I-55 north from County Line Road will close as needed to help with traffic flow on I-55 northbound.

Work will consist of removing and replacing sections of both the eastbound and westbound bridge decks. Using high-pressure water, crews will remove the existing bridge deck before placing the new deck and restriping the travel lanes. Crews will also place rip-rap along the creek bed to prevent erosion.

Motorists are reminded to be on high alert for flagmen and roadside workers. Advance warning and detour signage will be in place for communication with the traveling public.

Motorists can stay updated on this project and others by visiting MDOTtraffic.com, downloading the free MDOT Traffic app, or liking and following @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.