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Smoother rides coming to south Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Federal stimulus money will bring smoother rides to drivers in several South Mississippi cities.The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has authorized the latest round of projects paid for by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Road lighting will be done in Bay Saint Louis along Highway 603 from Longfellow Road to Interstate 10. The cost, $632,220.40.  The work will be done by Killen Contractors, Inc.

In Picayune, a $386,049 overlay project will done on several streets. Huey Stockstill, Inc. will do the work on N. Main Street (W. Canal Street to 4th Street), Beech Street (Will Street to Palenstine Road), Palenstine Road and Crosby Street (Canal Street to Neal Road).

Overlay work and a bridge replacement are on the to do list in Pascagoula.

Work to construct a bridge replacement, mill and overlay Old Mobile Highway between 14th Street and Chicot Street will cost $687,335.   Superior Asphalt, Inc. will do the work.  New traffic signals and widening work in Ocean Springs will be done at a cost of $437,967.  TCB Construction Co., Inc. will build a turn lane and sidewalks on Beachview Road and Old Spanish Trail; and install traffic signals on Old Spanish Trail.

No timetables for the projects have been released, but MDOT says the money from ARRA is expected to be spent quickly and will spur transportation-related improvement work throughout the state in coming months.

Across the nation, state departments of transportation were asked to apply ARRA funds to projects that could be launched and completed in a short period of time.  Within the transportation industry, ARRA funding has been used to construct new roads and maintain existing infrastructure, enhance and modernize public transit services, expand airport capacity and improve safety at those facilities, expand ports, and make new investments in the development of high-speed rail systems; all with a goal of enhancing and protecting the environment.

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