Busy Ocean Springs intersections to get new traffic lights

Traffic will soon flow a lot smoother at two of the busiest intersections in Ocean Springs. The city broke ground Monday on a project to put new traffic signals along Government Street.
Traffic will soon flow a lot smoother at two of the busiest intersections in Ocean Springs. The city broke ground Monday on a project to put new traffic signals along Government Street.

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Traffic will soon flow a lot smoother at two of the busiest intersections in Ocean Springs. The city broke ground Monday on a project to put new traffic signals along Government Street.  Community members say the work is long overdue.

Eric Creel works feet away from the intersection of Ocean Springs Road and Government Street, where he says traffic is a nightmare.

"It is very dangerous. When we are coming out, the people don't even see us leaving," Creel said.

Over at the Hanley and Government junction, Steve Robinson and his grandson have the same story.

"A lot of has to do with stop signs versus signalization, and it is a problem getting from one place to another," Robinson said.

Mayor Connie Moran said the city, county, and MDOT have now invested more $500,000 to put an end those traffic headaches.

"What we needed was something that would ease congestion besides just the stop signs, and have traffic lights to facilitate the flow of traffic," Mayor Moran said. "Traffic signals will go up at both intersections and we will have improved turning lanes."

With several schools nearby, the upgrades should also improve the traffic flow during peak hours.

"Young people can walk to school, which a lot of them do here in this community, and they can do so safely," Robinson said.

The mayor points out it took more than three years for the city to get the green light to begin the project.

"It takes a long time to put the funding and engineering in place to get it done, but we are already working on future projects several years down the road, "Mayor Moran said.

As engineers begin the work, Ocean Springs residents said they will wait in anticipation for a smoother, safer ride. The mayor said it will take at least six months to  complete this project.

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