(Columbia County) Work is slated to begin later this month on improvements to Highways 44 and 33 in Columbia County. The $5.3-million-dollar project will include replacing two-and-a-half miles along Highway 44 east from Pardeeville to Marcellon as well as add paved shoulders and culvert replacement. The stretch of road will be closed and detoured to through traffic beginning June 1st. Access for residents, businesses, and emergency services will be maintained. Construction is scheduled to begin May 26th and be completed in early July. Around that same time, work will start on Highway 33 west of Marcellon to northwest Cambria. Ten miles of the highway will be resurfaced. Crews will also add paved shoulders, replaced rumble strips and pavement markings, complete surface repairs and replaced guardrail for the bridge over the Fox River. The signed detour route will follow Highway 22, Highway 16, and Highway 146. Work is slated to be finished by mid-October. Both highways will be open during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.