JACKSON, MISS., Thursday, February 03, 2011--- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to announce a winter weather alert on roadway conditions for motorists traveling through the state.
As freezing temperatures continue to plague the state, snow and icy precipitation has been reported on roadways, bridges and overpasses in the following areas: Several bridges in Jones, Wayne, and Clarke Counties are accumulating icy precipitation; U.S. Highway 49 to I-20 has been temporarily closed by MHP to allow MDOT crews to place de-icing material on the highway so that the roadway can be reopened to traffic; I-59 at Beacon Street (the on and off ramp) are accumulating icy precipitation; Highway 21 and 25 bridges in Scott County have accumulated icy precipitation; MHP has temporarily closed Highway 25 and 43 to allow MDOT crews to place de-icing material on highways; bridges in Attala County; bridges in the Jackson metro area; I-20 at Norwell Road; I-220 bridges in Hinds County; on I-55 from Louisiana to Copiah County and on Highway 84, Madison, Claiborne, Jefferson, Holmes, Oktibbeha Counties, Highway 16 in Yazoo County, east of Benton especially over the Big Black Bridge and heading east into Madison County, Monroe and Winston Counties as well as Attala Clay, Copiah, Covington, Hinds, Itawamba, Jefferson Davis, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion, Newton, Noxubee, Panola, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Tallahatchie, Tippah, Union, Walthall, and Yalobusha Counties. MDOT would like to ask all motorists when traveling over bridges and overpasses to please drive with extreme caution.
MDOT personnel are continuing to monitor to make sure that Mississippi roadways are safe. Crews are placing de-icing material on affected bridges and overpasses throughout the state. Motorist are encouraged to buckle up for safety, drive safely, stay alert and slow down, especially when driving in wintry weather conditions. MDOT will keep motorists posted on road conditions as information becomes available.
For the most up-to-date information in your area, please visit www.MSTraffic.com and sign up for your traffic alerts. Also, visit http://www.mstraffic.com/mobile to get the latest traffic information from MSTraffic.com on your mobile device. MDOT advises the public to pull off the road to a safe location if you need to check the www.mstraffic.com website while driving For more information, please contact MDOT Public Affairs Division at (601) 359-7074 or visit www.GoMDOT.com.