Ocean Springs News

Government Street Signalization Project Underway

PRESS RELEASE

 For details and information concerning this release, please contact Anne Pitre, Public Relations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, at 228-382-2086.

 April 5, 2012 – for immediate release

The City of Ocean Springs has begun the Government Street Signalization project, which will drastically improve the flow of traffic through the city.  The project will include an asphalt overlay, traffic and pedestrian signals where Government Street intersects Ocean Springs Road and Hanley Road

The new signals will be interconnected with the railroad crossings at both intersections.  “This is another example of the City partnering with Jackson County and MDOT to improve safety and traffic congestion on one of our busiest streets,” said Mayor Connie Moran.   “This project has been several years in the planning process for intersection improvements and coordination with CSX Railroad.”

Funding for the project was secured through MDOT’s Surface Transportation grant to the City of Ocean Springs for $522,760.   In addition, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors pledged $50,000 toward the project.   The City has paid for engineering as well as funding to CSX Railroad to coordinate the traffic signals on Government Street with the CSX cross arms and the traffic signals on Bienville Blvd.

“This cooperative project between Wards 4, 5, and Jackson County will greatly improve the city’s infrastructure,” said Ward 4 Alderman Greg Denyer.  The computer simulations show that the new signals will alleviate traffic congestion at peak times, and we will be able to time the signals to create optimal flow.  I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Ward 5 Alderman Jerry Dalgo and Supervisor John McKay for their support throughout the project.”

In a separate project, Jackson County Is currently overlaying Government Street with asphalt between Halstead Road and Magnolia school with road and bridge taxes paid to the county by city residents.  A new joint project between the city and county will continue the improvements eastward this fall.

The project will continue through spring and summer, and is scheduled for completion this fall.