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Road work along Highway 49 nears completion

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that road work along Highway 49 is nearing completion.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing the completion of a major reconstruction project on U.S. Highway 49 in Rankin County.

The massive infrastructure improvement project calls for the reconstruction of 7.5 miles of U.S. 49 from Florence to Richland. Work began in the fall of 2017 and remains on track to be completed by late summer 2022. Once complete, there will be three travel lanes and a shoulder in each direction.

“We understand the completion of this project has been a long time coming,” said Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons. “I applaud MDOT crews for finding innovative ways to address issues throughout the project that undoubtedly are getting us to the finish line this summer.”

Crews are currently in the final stages of the project. Work includes placing the surface lift and tying in all side roads for the remainder of the project. All stone work is complete throughout the project, and the permanent signals are up and running.

Last month, crews reopened the Old U.S. Highway 49 crossover, the final high priority closure of the project. While the project is nearing completion, motorists should continue expecting temporary lane closures until work is complete. Other remaining work includes striping operations and sign placement.

“Please continue to be alert for roadside crews throughout the entire work zone as crews work to complete this project as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Simmons. “Once complete, the entire state will benefit from this critical infrastructure improvement project for decades to come.”

Highway work zones are meant to protect the traveling public and the highway workers on the side of the road. Highway work zones can be found throughout the state and often present unfamiliar traffic conditions. Examples of common work zones found on Mississippi highways and a complete list of tips can be found at GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

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