Sullivan Kilrain Road construction to begin soon

Sullivan Kilrain Road construction to begin soon
Sullivan Kilrain Road. Photo credit: WDAM

PINE BELT (WDAM) - A heavily traveled roadway that connects Lamar and Forrest Counties will soon be getting a makeover.

The moving and realigning of Sullivan Kilrain Road is something Lamar County administrators are looking forward to, and hope to improve the roadway for safety concerns.

"Sullivan Kilrain is a main connecter road out of Lamar County and Oak Grove area, out to Forrest County and the interchange at Interstate 59 and Highway 11,"  said Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. "Its traveled quite a bit."

The project is expected to cost around $40,000, according to Waits, and construction is ready to be started.

"We're working the right-away now, and within a matter of days, the county road crews will be out there actually straightening that curve which will make traffic flow safer," Waits said. "The county's portion of that, there's a dangerous curve right at the railroad tracks and so what we're going to do is take the steps to straighten that out."

Lamar County Road Manager Tommy Jones said the main issue with the roadway is the curve near the railroad tracks.

"Just basically realigning the road, we're going to shift it all over so you've got a straight line of shot from the city limits, Forrest County side all the way up to the apartments that's on up on Sullivan Kilrain Road," Jones said.

Jones and Waits said there have been multiple wrecks over the years, but the damage the January tornado caused opened up the area, so the problems were more visible.

"There's never really been an opportunity to address those issues, but when the tornado came through and did all the destruction, it really opened our eyes to see where the issues were at," Jones said. "As we were out there on a continual basis with that cleanup, and now that we've seen it and we saw where the problems are and where the wrecks are happening."

The Forrest County, Hattiesburg side will also be under construction as well.

"I've spoken with Hattiesburg and with the Forrest County road manager, and they're gone be working on their side of the road," Jones said. "So while we're doing our side, they're going to close their side. So it will just be closed at one time, and whenever its reopened the Hattiesburg-Forrest County side will be right back in line with our side and it will be good all the way up to the stop sign."

Detour signs will be put up for the area ahead of the construction according to Jones.