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Potholes and a Slide: MDOT Workers Fixing Damage From Winter Weather

JACKSON, Miss.–Freezing rain, snow and ice don’t only cause delays and general misery. The winter weather has also left behind some serious potholes on state highway surfacea and now MDOT crews are starting repairs.

Storms over the last month have caused road troubles and the state’s Dept. of Transportation will be out working to patch the roads, as the weather permits.

Crews urge you to watch out when you see flagmen and orange barriers to ensure MDOT worker and contractor safety all across the state.

Meanwhile, a slide in the capital city will be repaired, thanks to emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration. The slide is on the eastbound Highway 80 exit ramp to I-220 northbound.

This project will prevent any damage to I-220 and continue to ensure the safety of the traveling public, said MDOT.

“This slide has not been a threat to public safety,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “The site has beensecured since the slide began, and as long as the weather is not a distraction, crews will begin repair work this week.”

On Monday, U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx released emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help cover the cost of repairs. Funds from FHWA’s Emergency Relief Program will reimburse the state for work completed in the immediate aftermath of a weather event. This program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

The exit ramp from Highway 80 East to I-220 North will remain closed for the duration of the project. For updates on this project, sign up for alerts at, download the MS Traffic App in Google Play or the App Store, call 511 or follow MDOT on Twitter @MississippiDOT.

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