- Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University is planning a new road meant to alleviate congestion around the east side of its campus.

College Board trustees on Thursday gave approval for the university to spend $1.4 million in federal money to design what it’s calling Bulldog Way.

President Mark Keenum says the university hopes to obtain federal funding to build the road, which would provide another outlet for congested traffic in a rapidly developing area along Blackjack and Oktoc roads south of campus. Now, traffic must flow west to reach the campus and Starkville’s commercial areas.

A number of student apartments have been built in the area, putting more walkers and cyclists on roads, creating concerns about safety.

Oktibbeha County had proposed taxing area properties to make improvements in 2014, but never moved forward.

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