State Route 26 reopens to traffic in George County

Highway 26 Collapse Leaves Two Dead, At Least Ten Injured In George County

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has reopened State Route 26 to traffic in George County. SR 26 was closed after a large landslide caused the roadway to wash out.

“MDOT’s goal from the beginning has been to get this road back open safely and quickly,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “I know how important Highway 26 is for the region, and I appreciate all the work that went into getting it open ahead of schedule.”

This $1.8 million contract was awarded to T.L. Wallace Construction, of Columbia, through an emergency letting on Thursday, October 7.

Crews will now work to repave the local detour routes that were used during the closure. This project is expected to wrap up early 2022.

Safety remains MDOT’s top priority. Stay updated on road conditions at, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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