Portion of west bound lane on Hwy 98 in Columbia to close for construction

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A new road project in Columbia will close a portion of the westbound lane of Highway 98 and turn the eastbound into one lane traffic in both directions.

The section of the westbound lane will be rerouted into the eastbound lane at the 98-1-Stop and continue down to Grubbs Ford at the intersection of State Road 198. The project is part of the building of an intersection connecting Highway 98 and Highway 44. Highway 44 will be reconstructed so that it no longer goes through Columbia, but bypasses the city. Construction on this portion of the road is expected to continue until April of 2015 and the estimated completion date for the whole project is April 2016.

"We have been communicating with representatives of Columbia Academy since the start of the project," said Michael Flood, PIO, MDOT. "This project is going to help relieve some of the traffic going through Columbia and it's going to increase the safety going through Columbia as well."

Speed limits through the construction area will be reduced to 45-mph. MDOT officials ask that motorists be on the lookout for their employees working in the roadway and use caution when driving though the construction zone.

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