Get ready for heavy traffic congestion on Hwy 49 - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Get ready for heavy traffic congestion on Hwy 49

By David Elliott – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation has started a project to build medians on a dangerous stretch of Highway 49. The project covers two and a half miles, from Turkey Creek on the south side to Dedeaux road on the north end.

"Anybody who has driven through this area knows how dangerous it can be," Project Engineer Chuck Starita said.

The idea is to replace the middle turn lane, that has historically posed a danger to motorists driving in either direction, with a series of medians.

"Right now people only have a stripe in the road to direct them. We'll dig out the existing roadway and fill it with rock and asphalt and eventually build a curb," Starita explained.

The project just happens to coincide with the upcoming holiday shopping period. Motorists will have to put up with cones, detours and lane closings between now and Christmas.

Gulfport police plan to be proactive on the Friday after Thanksgiving, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.

"We'll have plenty of extra manpower out and override intersections if we have to," Lt. Brian Smith promised. "People need to be patient with us and with each other."

The median project is being done in four phases and is expected to be completed by June 2010. Lt. Smith said it may be inconvenient in the short term, but will make for a safer highway 49 in the long run.

"Overall, it will be better for everyone."

©2009 WLOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Coast casino revenues for 2018 already close to $14 million more than 2017

    Coast casino revenues for 2018 already close to $14 million more than 2017

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:01 AM EDT2018-08-20 13:01:30 GMT
    Coast casinos are showing a significant increase in revenue as sports betting launches across the state. (Source: WLOX)Coast casinos are showing a significant increase in revenue as sports betting launches across the state. (Source: WLOX)
    Coast casinos are showing a significant increase in revenue as sports betting launches across the state. (Source: WLOX)Coast casinos are showing a significant increase in revenue as sports betting launches across the state. (Source: WLOX)

    A new gaming revenue report released by Mississippi gaming officials shows an encouraging trend for casinos on the Coast. It's one that is expected to continue rising with the debut of sports betting this month.

    More >>

    A new gaming revenue report released by Mississippi gaming officials shows an encouraging trend for casinos on the Coast. It's one that is expected to continue rising with the debut of sports betting this month.

    More >>
  • Coca-Cola employees back at work; no contract reached yet

    Coca-Cola employees back at work; no contract reached yet

    Monday, August 20 2018 8:44 AM EDT2018-08-20 12:44:57 GMT
    Workers at four branches of Coca-Cola United Bottling Company, including the one in Vancleave, are back at work after more than a week of being on strike. (Source: WLOX)Workers at four branches of Coca-Cola United Bottling Company, including the one in Vancleave, are back at work after more than a week of being on strike. (Source: WLOX)

    Union employees at the Coca-Cola Plant in Ocean Springs have ended their strike after more than a week of being off the job. 

    More >>

    Union employees at the Coca-Cola Plant in Ocean Springs have ended their strike after more than a week of being off the job. 

    More >>
  • After wallet gets returned, a Pass man's faith in humanity is restored

    After wallet gets returned, a Pass man's faith in humanity is restored

    Monday, August 20 2018 7:14 AM EDT2018-08-20 11:14:20 GMT
    A Pass Christian man is grateful after he lost his wallet with $600 in it and someone returned it fully intact. (Source: WLOX)A Pass Christian man is grateful after he lost his wallet with $600 in it and someone returned it fully intact. (Source: WLOX)
    The wallet had $600 in cash when it was set down (Source: WLOX)The wallet had $600 in cash when it was set down (Source: WLOX)

    Your wallet may, single-handedly, be one of the most important things you carry around. It holds your money and personal information. So imagine losing it when it has more than $500 in cash in it.

    More >>

    Your wallet may, single-handedly, be one of the most important things you carry around. It holds your money and personal information. So imagine losing it when it has more than $500 in cash in it.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly