Section of Old Hwy 49 opens after being closed for 6 months - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Section of Old Hwy 49 opens after being closed for 6 months

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A section of Old Highway 49 from Crestview Drive to Robinson Road was shut down because a Box Culvert that was built in 1936 was in dander of collapsing the roadway.

In October, construction began and a new larger box culvert replaced the old one.

Wednesday, the road blocks were removed and traffic was allowed to drive over the new box culvert. In about a week the road will be closed temporarily to complete paving over the roadway.

The sound of tires spinning over Old Highway 49 is bringing joy to residents living in the area. When the road was closed, traffic was redirected through Kenwood and Crestview subdivisions.

John Hutto said, "We're just glad to get rid of all this traffic and trash thrown out around the streets here and in the entrance way up there and the noise. Oh, it's going to be a good holiday to get of some of this traffic here." 

Bill Whitney added, "Thank goodness we're not going to have any big speeders the amount of speeders coming through our area again because it has been terrible. I don't know why people living in Southern Mississippi believe they have to go 60 mph through a subdivision." 

Over the past six months, the Gulfport Police Department issued hundreds of tickets to speeding drivers, zipping through Kenwood and Crestview Subdivisions.

"Hopefully it will eliminate a lot of traffic through here," Derald Johnson stated. "A lot of road noise, something we're not used to. It's a pretty quite neighborhood. We're glad to see the road open."

Another resident told me, he and his wife can now walk through Kenwood Subdivision without the threat of getting run over by a speeding car.

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