WATER VALLEY – If Hwy. 32 East is part of your travels, be prepared to take a detour starting Sept. 1.
Construction work on three bridge sites about two miles east of Water Valley will close a section of the highway through the end of the year, according to Jon Hobson, project engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).
The portion of Hwy. 32 affected starts just east of County Road 99 and ends just east of County Road 223. Traffic on Country Road 223 will not be able to enter Hwy. 32.
Workers were busy Monday putting up construction signs on both ends of the stretch of highway. MDOT will place detour signs directing traffic around the construction on state highways.
Local traffic with knowledge of the area will probably take country roads to get around the work including CR 99, CR 220, and CR 124 to the south and CR 123 and CR 122 that connects to Hwy. 315 East.
One of the signs being erected Monday by a crew from Riverside Traffic Systems of New Albany identified the project as being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
At the top is a large orange panel that says, Putting America To Work. “That’s one big, expensive sign,” commented a worker.
Money for the bridgework is part of $1.5 billion in stimulus money made available to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood under the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grants.
The grants are for capital investments in surface transportation and will help modernize our nation’s infrastructure, Secretary LaHood said.