Bids were awarded on Oct. 11 for work to improve the Ripley Road intersection and install traffic lights at Southwest Avenue and Pratts Road.
BALDWYN | Visions of traffic cones will soon be dancing in Baldwyn-area drivers’ heads.
APAC-Mississippi Inc. of Richland has been awarded the bids to finally improve the safety of four intersections along Hwy. 45 in Baldwyn.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation opened bids last week for the projects and officially approved the low bids at the commission’s meeting in Jackson on Tuesday. APAC submitted the low bids for both projects, which were bid separately but considered part of the same safety upgrade.
Commissioners received bids from APAC and WG Construction Co. of Ripley, but in each project APAC’s bids were the lowest.
The board awarded the Ripley Road/Hwy. 45 revamp to APAC for a bid of $1,269,253.56. The work to add 24-hour traffic lights at Southwest Avenue and Pratts Road intersections with Hwy. 45, as well as the redesign of the Fashion Way intersection will cost $3,209,298.19.
The projected completion date of the Ripley Road work is August 16, 2017. The projected completion date for the Pratts Road/Southwest Avenue work is Oct. 18, 2017. The combined project calls for the following improvements:
• A 24-hour traffic light at the intersection of Highway 45 and Southwest Avenue (County Road 2878);
• A 24-hour traffic light at the intersection of Highway 45 and Pratts Road;
• Construction of a new directional median turn lane on Fashion Way (in front of the former Hancock Fabrics building) to require drivers entering Hwy. 45 from Fashion Way to turn south, prohibiting cross traffic;
• Signal light improvements at the intersection of Ripley Road and Hwy. 45 to improve safety there
The Hwy. 45 safety improvements stemmed from multiple accidents at the Southwest Avenue and Pratts Road intersections. MDOT officials conducted a lengthy safety project study along the corridor to determine the best way to improve safety along the busy stretch of highway. The design project portion was under way last year when the most recent fatal accident occurred just more than a week before Christmas.
According to Jason Scott, Public Information Officer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the overall project was expanded to include improvements on both the Lee and Prentiss county sides of Hwy. 45 in Baldwyn.
“We combined this project with another intersection improvement project at Ripley Road in Prentiss County and let them under one contract,” Scott said. “We anticipate completion for this project to be October 2017.”