Final portion of Highway 12 project underway

Signs mark the beginning of road work along Highway 12 in Starkville (Photo by Ryan Phillips, SDN)

Staff Writer

The final construction on the project to improve Highway 12 is currently underway.

North District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said the project is slated to be complete by mid-September.

“We are in the final stages of construction which is essentially the paving stage and putting down the final stripe,” Tagert said.

Tagert said all the construction is being done at night to minimize the interaction between traffic and workers.

“The paving and final stripe are placed at the very end of the project to minimize wear and tear on the project,” Tagert said. “Our deadline is mid-September, but we hope to be finished before then.”

Phase One of the project, which included Highway 12 from one quarter mile west of from New Light Road to Eckford Drive, began in April 2017 and lasted until December. Phase Two of the project began in April and includes Highway 12 from Eckford Drive to the Black Jack and Spring Street intersection.

“We divided the project to minimize the effect of the construction,” Tagert said.

Tagert said the goal of the project is to improve traffic flow on Highway 12 and decrease the high crash rate of the corridor.

The MDOT-funded project includes adding improved traffic signals with fiber optic cables to allow them to communicate more efficiently, Tagert said, along with a new curb and gutter and concrete medians.