Construction crews continue to battle periods of heavy rain as they continue Phase II of the massive $100 million I-55 split-diamond interchange project between Madison and Ridgeland.

This phase of the project removes or demolishes the old northbound lanes which include bridges over Steed Road, Colony Park and Madison Avenue."

Crews are 33 percent complete with the entire project, said Brian Ratliff, MDOT project engineer, and he anticipates this phase to be completed by the end of the year.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee commented on the work as traffic continues to run head-to-head along the Ridgeland section of the interstate.

"The contractor appears to be moving as fast as possible, considering all the rain we have had and the magnitude of this project," he said. "I'm sure that there will be some traffic problems; however, that is to be expected in a project such as this. I would just encourage drivers to be patient and drive safe."

When complete, there will be a total of eight interstate lanes between Madison Avenue - which will be widened to five lanes - to about Interstate 220.

There will be frontage roads on the interstate between Old Agency Road and Madison Avenue.

Separately, contractors finished replacing trusses and interstate signs in the metro area, including parts of Madison County.

The $4.67 million project is in the final inspection phase.