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Work to begin in late summer on highway improvement in Covington County

Work will begin in late summer 2016 on a project to improve safety on Highway 49 in Covington County. Photo credit WDAM. Work will begin in late summer 2016 on a project to improve safety on Highway 49 in Covington County. Photo credit WDAM.
COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Work will begin later this summer on a major safety project on Highway 49 in Covington County. 

It will involve about 22 miles of the highway, from Mount Olive to the Forrest County line.

Shoulders will be added on the southbound lane and new paving will also be done.

A new signal light may also be added in Collins.

The funding is coming from the federal government. 

"We've had about 400 accidents there, I believe, over a two-year spread, so there are a lot of accidents, it's too many," said Tom King, southern district transportation commissioner. "We're working on it, it's safety money from the feds."   

King said bids will be let in July and work should begin a few weeks later.

The project should take about two years to complete. 

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