Harrison County

Median work on U.S. 49 nearly complete

The state Department of Transportation is nearing completion of a safety enhancement project involving the construction of medians on U.S. 49 in Gulfport. The first $613,400 project was awarded to Triangle Maintenance of Columbus in September.

Gulfport had an extensive engineering study conducted that demonstrated a need for the project, which includes the construction of median islands that channel vehicles to intersections with signals. Work began at Russell Boulevard and continued to Airport Road.

Crews are wrapping up work on the remaining portion of the project from Airport Road to Creosote Road. The highway will be fully opened to traffic by the end of the week. In addition to safety improvements, the new median islands will be constructed in a way that provides for attractive turf grass, along with stamped and colored concrete. In a separate project, work began in April to close five median crossovers on U.S. 49 in Gulfport from Pass Road to Arkansas Avenue.

MDOT awarded a contract for $433,099 to C. Thornton of Mobile. Crews have completed the closure of four out of five of those medians. The project is scheduled for completion in June.