Jackson County leaders build new evacuation road

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX)- "This road will be much, much safer; it will be wider and better constructed."

The road will be about a mile long. The price tag is $1.5 million. Supervisor John McKay said it will be a big help to St. Andrews residents who have dealt with flooding issues for years.

"We will have the proper drainage, proper height on the road, so this should never flood again."

McKay said the county built a causeway leading from the community a while back to help drivers get in and out better during storms. This current construction is phase two.

"We are standing at a 90 degree curve on Fontainebleau Road.  This area from right here, south of me, all the way around to Hamill Farm Road would flood."

The plan is to straighten out the curve, smooth out any other dents in remaining parts of the road and then the roads will be connected.

"A new road that we are constructing will tie the St. Andrews community into Highway 57, with a straight route out."

Former Jackson County Civil Defense Director Butch Loper said the work is long overdue and very welcomed.

"Now we are actually bringing it up to what I call the 21 century," Loper said.

McKay thinks the road should be open before the end of the year.

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