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Council to vote on Hwy 49 memorandum

(Photo source: Gulfport resident crossing Highway 49. (Photo source: WLOX) (Photo source: Gulfport resident crossing Highway 49. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Some good news for those who want to see better lighting on Highway 49 in Gulfport.

Safety is a problem that has been going on for years, but it came to a head when a pedestrian was hit and killed by a Gulfport police car while walking across the highway.

On Tuesday, the city council will vote on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. If passed, it will allow the city to take over ownership and maintenance of highway lights from Turkey Creek to Orange Grove Road.

MDOT currently owns and provides maintenance for the lighting fixtures in that area.The city maintains the highway lights south of Turkey Creek. Councilman R. Lee Flowers has been leading a charge to make the transition due to concerns about MDOT's slow response to lighting issues, creating a danger.

Under the memorandum, MDOT would first change about 110 lights to brighter LED lights. Gulfport is currently under negotiation with Mississippi Power to maintenance the lights under contract.

Once approved, then it could still be some time before anything happens because MDOT then will have to begin its search for funding to do the changeover.

WLOX News Now reporter Mike Lacy will have more tonight at 10. 

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