Bridge paves way for Trace expansion

By Jeff Daley

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Work on a comprehensive pathway project at Highway 49 and 4th Street is nearing completion.

The project extends the pedestrian and bicycle pathway from the Gateway for the Long Leaf Trace at Southern Miss over the old railroad trussle that crosses Highway 49.

Work on the bridge included raising it more than a foot to provide additional clearance to vehicles passing below. A new retaining wall has also been installed along the south bound lane of the highway and decorative logos and Long Leaf Trail signs have been placed on the bridge.

The completion of the bridge project paves the way for the planned expansion of the trace to downtown Hattiesburg. A contract for that project is expected to be awarded by summer.

The pathway project was funded by M-DOT through the American Recovery and Re-investment act.

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