Drivers asked to avoid W. 4th at USM

Water-sewer line installation expected to be done by weekend

Drivers asked to avoid W. 4th at USM
(Source: Live 5)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) _ Folks used to traveling through the University of Southern Mississippi campus on West Fourth Street might want to rethink that route, at least through the weekend.

Contractors working on USM’s new volleyball facility closed/limited through traffic on West Fourth Wednesday to hook up water and sewer lines to the site.

Spring semester classes won’t begin until begin Jan. 24, but the water-sewer phase is expected to be completed well before students begin to return to campus.

The project is expected to wrap up this weekend, with lanes re-opening Monday, said Samantha McCain, City of Hattiesburg chief communications officer.

“This isn’t an infrastructure project, per se,” McCain said in an e-mail. “It’s hooking a new development (the volleyball facility) into existing water and sewer lines. We often do this on residential streets. This one just looks like a bigger project due to the location of the facility near a high-trafficked road.”

Indeed.

The east-bound lanes on West Fourth from North 38th Avenue and running through campus to Golden Eagle Avenue are shut down to thru-traffic. The west-bound lanes were impacted Wednesday, squeezed into one lane west of Golden Eagle Avenue.

Those planning to attend the men’s basketball games at Reed Green Coliseum Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.) might want to give themselves extra time to negotiate any delays and also consider approaching campus from the south.

McCain said the work should be finished over the weekend, but that city would notify residents through the media, social media and the city’s website if something “unforeseen” happens to keep it from opening by Monday.

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