- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County officials have found some extra cash to finish an improvement project they began earlier this year on an aging, curvy and narrow road.

Monday, the county supervisors gave the road department the green light to use some $500,000 - money left over from a 2010 road improvement bond issue - for work on Money Farm Road.

Supervisor Troy Ross said road crews began giving the area a makeover at the beginning of the year, but didn’t have money finish it.

“The road department was doing a great job of conserving resources and when they had leftover funds, dirt or time they would go work on this project and do it in house,” Ross said.

The road is restricted to one-way traffic when school is letting in and out, he said, but the project will widen and improve the road and add a turn lane.

Ross said the $500,000 will change the entire look and feel of the road, as well as finally eliminate the drainage woes.

“It is going to be a full two-lane road and it will have turning lanes available where they are needed for the school, as well as entry and access to Highway 609,” he said.

Travis Rose lives on Money Farm Road and said it’s in really bad shape.

“This road has been a bottleneck here in Jackson County for a long time,” Rose said. “It was first paved about 12 years ago, and since then it has been used to get traffic out of St. Martin East Elementary.”

Signs let drivers know the road is shutdown to one lane to handle school traffic during peak hours.

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