Highway 49 widening project expected to be complete by 2021

Highway 49 widening project expected to be complete by 2021

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It’s that time of year when orange barrels dot the landscape.

Several highway projects designed to ease your commute in the future are in full swing in the metro.

One of those projects is the Highway 49 widening project.

The completion date for work on Highway 49 from Mt. Olive to the Forrest County line has been pushed back several months.
The completion date for work on Highway 49 from Mt. Olive to the Forrest County line has been pushed back several months. (Source: WDAM)

It is a $147 million highway widening project, with Yates Construction at the helm.

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials say they have now finished phase one.

There have been traffic lane shifts.

Crews are now working on the median, bridges, new drainage and widening the outside lanes.

The project will be six lanes wide when it’s all finished in the next two summers.

Motorists we talked to say they can endure the headache of the ongoing construction if it makes their commute easier in the future.

Pastor David Berry said, “It’s rough, but I guess it’s going to be worth it after a while. That’s a good while to be inconvenienced, but if we want progress, we’re going to have to endure some stuff."

The goal of the project is to create more lanes to move larger amounts of traffic through the area.

The project is on track to be finished in 2021.

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