Expect delays between Cleveland, Ruleville
by Elisabetta Zengaro
Jul 29, 2014 | 2330 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Motorists traveling on Miss. Highway 8 between Cleveland and Ruleville should be aware the Mississippi Department of Transportation will be transitioning traffic to accommodate on-going construction work beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews will switch traffic onto the newly constructed two-lane roadway and bridge. Motorists will continue traveling on two lanes in head-to-head traffic.

The MDOT advises motorists to proceed with caution throughout the work zone during the construction.

Kenny Foote, public information officer at the MDOT, added motorists should be prepared to stop and expect delays.

Foote said the traffic advisory would last for the duration of the project.

The MDOT announced on Jan. 5, 2012, that traffic on Miss. Highway 8 between Cleveland and Ruleville would be placed on the newly constructed bridge over the Sunflower River. The approximately $32 million construction project of Miss. Highway 8 was planned to ease the traffic stress and provide a better connection between the two communities.

While the MDOT’s project to four-lane Mississippi Highway 8 East from Cleveland to Ruleville has hit its fair share of snags since the project originally began in 2009, the final phase of the project began in August of 2012 and was scheduled to be completed by early summer of 2014.

"Once Phase three is finished and the work passes inspection, Miss. Highway 8 East from Cleveland to Ruleville will be open to four-lane traffic," said Kevin Magee, MDOT lead engineer in a pervious article by The Bolivar Commercial.

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 mstraffic.com website while driving. MDOT's number one concern is the safety of the traveling public.

For more information on the MDOT, visit www.GoMDOT.com.