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Roadwork begins on dangerous Hwy 90 intersection

By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It has been called one of the most dangerous intersections on the coast.  Work has begun to make the intersection of Hwy 90 and Ocean Springs Road, adjacent to Ocean Springs Hospital, a lot safer.

"We're hoping to improve the intersection of Ocean Springs Road and Hwy 90, because of the angle of the intersection and the sight distance problems there," said Dean Moody of MDOT.  "And improve traffic flow in and out of the hospital and Ocean Springs Road from Hwy 90."

MDOT engineer Dean Moody and Jackson County Supervisor John McKay look forward to the new plan that will move the intersection west of the hospital to Gilford Road and place a second intersection by Gulf Islands National Seashore.

"Ocean Springs Road will be pretty much a campus road then, so it will be much safer at the hospital," said Supervisor McKay, who has been working on the project for years.  "And it will be much safer as you go through the two intersections."

Construction on the intersection at Gulf Islands National Seashore is already underway and set to be opened in May.  Then, Moody said, MDOT will move on to the other two intersections. 

"It really took a lot of effort to put everybody together and get it all to come together," said McKay.  "And now it's really satisfying to see this thing happen."

Both McKay and Moody ask for patience from drivers as this project keeps rolling.

"They can expect some intermittent lane closures," said Moody.  "There will be no lane closures from 6am to 8am or 4pm to 6pm."

"Be patient with us. We'll notify people as roads get closed off," said McKay.

They said Hwy 90 itself isn't scheduled for any major closures over the course of the project.  Moody said the entire project should be completed this November.

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