Believe it or not, the construction along U.S. Highway 49 is set to be complete by the end of next week.
The 7.5-mile stretch of Highway 49 from Florence to Richland is being opened to six lanes and will be available to the public by Friday, July 8.
“We are happy to announce that this reconstruction project is almost finished, however, we ask everyone to remain cautious when traveling the area as there will still be workers and daily lane closures,” Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons said. “After next week, crews will have traffic opened back up to six lanes following the daily lane closures. These lane closures are necessary for crews to finish paving shoulders and turn lanes at intersections throughout the project.”
Construction on this portion of Highway 49 began in 2017. It was announced by MDOT in May that the department’s goal was to have the construction complete by the end of summer 2022.