- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County has begun acquiring right of way for road connection that will parallel Interstate 10 between two exits.

Steven Twedt, Neel-Schaffer’s south Mississippi area manager, told Jackson County supervisors Monday that the project to tie Sangani Boulevard and Cook Road together will likely cost about $14.5 million.

The Mississippi Press reports (https://bit.ly/1k0zhex) county officials hope the connection to the booming commercial area in D’Iberville will spur development to the east.

The project will create a roughly 2-mile road to connect west Jackson County to D’Iberville. The road will have three lanes initially, but there are plans to later widen it to five lanes. Once complete, motorists will be able to leave I-10 at exit 50 and head west on Cook Road, where the new road will begin and tie straight into Sangani Boulevard.

The county will have to buy all or part of 60 parcels, including 20 with houses. The work will be financed with about $8.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will require a $1.1 million local match. Twedt said another $4 million coming through the Gulf Regional Planning Commission will require another $1 million match from the county.

The county will have to buy all or part of 60 parcels, including 20 with houses.

“All necessary right of way should be secured by year-end 2015,” Twedt said.

After right of way is acquired, plans call for nine months for utility relocation, and then about 18 months of construction.

During a State of the Country address earlier this year, Supervisor Troy Ross said the road is “a road that can actually generate revenue” for the county to perform more road work.

It will be far enough off the interstate to allow for development on both sides of the road, the board president said at that time.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com


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