HINDS COUNTY, MS
Helping pave the way for new Continental Tire plant
Neel-Schaffer provided engineering design services for a $45 million improvements project that is now under construction at the Norrell Road Interstate 20 interchange near Clinton, MS, 15 miles west of Jackson.
The project is being executed to handle the traffic levels anticipated when the new Continental Tire manufacturing plant opens in 2020, some three miles west of Clinton and near the interchange. Part of Continental’s selection of this site was based on Mississippi’s commitment to expand the interchange, which Neel-Schaffer designed in the 1990s.
The most significant improvements include a new entrance loop road in the southwest quadrant of the interchange, and a new 1,600-foot bridge on the north frontage road (Continental Parkway) over the KCS Railroad.
Other improvements include the widening of the I-20 eastbound bridge over Norrell Road to facilitate the entrance ramp, new high-mast lighting, the relocation of the ramps further away from I-20, the relocation of the frontage road away from I-20, traffic signals, with multi-sensor vehicle detection and ITS traffic monitoring hardware, at three intersections, widening of the north frontage road to better handle traffic generated by the Continental plant, and the widening of Norrell Road.
All design work was completed in October 2017. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020, when the Continental plant is slated to open.
Neel-Schaffer sister firms Maptech and SoilTech Consultants also provided services for this project. SoilTech provided geotechnical investigations, and among Maptech’s numerous tasks were providing deed and property searches, and additional topographic mapping data.
Neel-Schaffer worked closely with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Continental, and various utility companies to expedite all phases of work necessary to clear the right-of-way and prepare the plant site for the interchange improvements project.