- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The city of Hattiesburg is hoping a new traffic study will lead to improved parking and traffic flow downtown.

Media outlets report that the Hattiesburg City Council on Tuesday authorized the mayor to execute an agreement with Neel-Shaffer, Inc. The company will look at options for re-directing traffic, creating angle parking and doing away with one-way streets. Costs are expected not to exceed $36,250.

Council President Kim Bradley says the city conducted another traffic study about two years ago, but implementing its recommendations would have been too expensive. The project would have costed more than $1 million, mainly because of the need to build roundabouts and new infrastructure.

Bradley says he is unsure how long the study will take.

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