Work to improve Highway 49 between Camp Shelby and Highway 98 is about 50 percent complete. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
An $11 million project to improve safety and access on Highway 49 in South Hattiesburg has reached the halfway point.
Work involving four miles of roadway between Highway 98 and the South Gate entrance to Camp Shelby is set for completion in the fall.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is adding shoulders to north and southbound lanes and is overlaying the road.
Trees are also being removed and new signal lights are being put up at the South Gate.
"All of the environmental work, most of it is complete," said Tom King, southern district transportation commissioner. "They're doing a good job and we expect some good weather and they'll start the shoulders later on and of course, the paving will follow suit."
Another MDOT project to improve 22 miles of Highway 49 from Mount Olive to Hattiesburg is scheduled to begin sometime in the summer.