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I-20/59 truck weigh stations to undergo major renovation

By Staff
RENOVATIONS SCHEDULED – The exit ramp of the east bound lane sits parallel to the weigh station on the west bound side of Interstate 20/59. The Mississippi Department of Transportation will renovate a pair of weigh stations on Interstate near the Kewanee exit. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By William F. West / community editor
Oct. 1, 2002
The Mississippi Department of Transportation will renovate a pair of weigh stations on Interstate 20/59 near the Kewanee exit.
Wallace said the weigh station projects will be let for bidding in November. Both stations are closed.
Wallace said plans include installing a state-of-the-art system so trucks can be weighed while in motion.
States can collect taxes based on the weight of transported goods. Weigh stations are also used to help ensure that a truck is not so heavy that it can damage the highways.
In other highway news in East Mississippi:
Wallace said MDOT is seeking bids for milling and repaving Highway 19 from 49th Avenue past Meridian Community College and Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus.
Wallace said MDOT commissioners late next month will review bids for work on the approximately two-mile, five-lane thoroughfare. MDOT plans call for the project to be completed by July 2003.
Plans call for milling and repaving lanes at the Highway 15 and U.S. 80 intersection in Newton.
The intersection is a four-way stop. Wallace said plans also call for removing asphalt and replacing it with cement at the points where the vehicles have to stop.
Wallace said the estimated completion time is March 2003. APAC of Mississippi is the contractor, having bid $659,983.
Wallace said work is complete on repaving U.S. 80 from east of Lake to near the junction of Highway 505 near Lawrence. W.E. Blain &Sons of Mount Olive was the contractor on the $643,169 project, which was approximately five miles long.

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