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Gulfport residents see latest plan to widen Dedeaux Road

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A busy Gulfport thoroughfare is a step closer to a multi-million dollar upgrade. On Thursday, the city held a public meeting so residents could take a look at and comment on the latest plan to widen Dedeaux Road.

A car waiting to make a left turn is enough to cause a large traffic backup on Dedeaux Road. Neighbors say the tie-ups are inconvenient and dangerous.

"We've been having so many accidents," said Gulfport resident Annie Blackwell. "I remember one time I was coming home and I saw three accidents that same day."

Another Gulfport resident, Nathan Curtis, said, "I've seen so many people run into ditches, run into mailboxes. So many wrecks. It needs to be widened out."

Blackwell and Curtis were among Gulfport residents curious about the latest plan to widen Dedeaux. In the plan, land would have to be acquired from both the north and south side of the road therefore, affecting 44 homes and one business. Gulfport officials say the $19.9 million proposal is the most cost effective plan so far. If MDOT signs off, city officials say initial work might start around the end of the year.

"Enable us to start the actual design phase of the project," said Gulfport Councilman R. Lee Flowers. "That would require a surveyor coming out and actually laying out the path of the road. People would actually see someone physically surveying the road."

City officials say while progress is being made to turn a 2.6 mile stretch of road into five lanes, drivers are going to have to be patient.

"It's been a long time to get to this phase. It will be a long time to get to the phase where we are actually turning dirt," said Flowers. "There's a lot left to do, but as long as we're keeping the people informed on what steps we're taking next and keeping them included in the conversations, we can address their questions and their concerns. "

Nathan Curtis has lived along Dedeaux Road since 1992. He said a possible move won't be easy, but he doesn't want to be the one standing in the way of the widening.

"It's progress. I'm happy with it."

Gulfport officials say residents have 30 days to send written comments about the widening plan. Comments can be sent to:

Mississippi Engineering Group, Inc.
143A Lefleurs Square
Jackson, MS 39211

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