HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Dept. of Transportation will soon begin a multi-million dollar project to improve safety and drainage on Highway 49 near Camp Shelby.
MDOT is spending $11.5 million to increase shoulder widths in the medians and along the outside roadway of a 3.4 mile section of the highway, from Highway 98 to the South Gate entrance to Camp Shelby.
Work will also include redesigning of the median crossovers to improve sight distance and drainage.
MDOT officials said several of the crossovers in that area will be closed permanently as part of the project.
They also said some lane closures will occur while work is being done.
"We're going to widen the shoulders on both sides, we're going to close five crossovers," said Tom King, Southern Dist. transportation commissioner. "We're going to do geometric improvements to six crossovers, we're going to do geometric improvements to where the signal light is at the South Gate there," King said.
The project should be finished by the summer of 2016.