D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A recently discovered influx of federal highway dollars has county supervisors ready to move forward with an ambitious road project.
The $2.2 million will be used to buy rights of way so a new connector road linking west Jackson County with Sangani Boulevard can be built. Doug Walker reports... while this may seem like great news, not everyone is happy about it.
Lakeview Village and the Promenade in D'Iberville are always busy. Many people from Jackson County use narrow and winding Cook Road as a back route to the shopping complex. Building a new connector road off of Cook could be the answer to ease congestion. It could also mean something else.
Jackson County Supervisor John McKay said it will help bring economic development into Jackson County.
"Some people say, 'Why are you opening up a road going into D'Iberville into Sangani?' Well that road goes both ways and that's going to free up a lot of traffic that will also come into Jackson County and make it more appealing for other economic development," Jackson County Supervisor John Mckay, said.
This certainly has the makings of a love it or hate it project. The reason-- if you live on the section of Cook Road that's going to be completely bypassed by a new connector road, you love it.
But if you live on the section of Cook Road that's going to have three lanes and eventually five lanes allowing for even more traffic, you're not so hot on the idea.
"A whole lot less. There will be a lot less traffic because a lot of people come, even out of Vancleave, through this route," Cook Road resident Bartley Woodard said.
"I know it's going to increase more. There is people every day and it takes longer and longer for me to get out of my driveway. I wouldn't even attempt to get out on this road if I had to back up," Cook Road resident David Callender.
Supervisors said they understand.
"There are going to be some growing pains. There are going to be some things that we're not happy with, but we'll have to work with those residents and if they have a serious issue they can give us a call and we'll try and work with them as best we can," Jackson County Supervisor Troy Ross said.