Work to begin on Hwy. 49 intersections in Wiggins
By Jody O'Hara
Mar 13, 2014, 09:34
The Mississippi Department of Transportation's Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King announced last Wednesday that work will soon begin on Hwy. 49 intersections within Wiggins.
The contractor is scheduled to begin work on the project Monday.
Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles said the project would increase safety for traffic traveling the north-south corridor through the city.
"This should reduce speeds and make it safer for those entering and exiting Hwy. 49," he said. "If it saves one life, it will be well worth any inconvenience it might cause."
Crews will reconstruct the intersection of Magnolia Drive and Highway 49 on the south side of Wiggins and install a traffic signal at that intersection.
Also, the crossover at the intersection of Hall Street and Highway 49 will be closed.
Work is scheduled to be completed by December 2014.
There have been numerous accidents at both intersections and Wiggins Police Chief Matt Barnett is happy to see the work get underway.
"Hopefully, it'll keep some people from getting hurt," he said. "It should make it safer for both the citizens and guests of Wiggins."
The project was awarded to Warren Paving for a bid of $928,000.
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