WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Wiggins city leaders are looking to bring some major changes to a thoroughfare in town. Other than general maintenance, Hall Street has remained relatively untouched for decades. Now, an effort is underway to improve and widen the street that many use every day.
Mayor Joel Miles calls Hall Street a gateway to Wiggins. He said the area surrounding it has changed a lot over the last 25 to 30 years, but the road has stayed about the same.
"Everything has just bloomed and it's just not sufficient for what we need," said Miles.
According to the mayor, a recent study showed that 2,800-3,000 cars use the road every day. His solution is a widened and improved street that runs from Highway 49 to Highway 26.
An engineering estimate revealed that the project could cost a little more than $2 million.
"This is way too aggressive a project for the city of Wiggins to undertake without some help from other people," said Miles.
The city doesn't have the funds to make it happen. To help with the cost, Miles and other leaders have been in talks with MDOT and the city's Economic Development Partnership.
The mayor's hope is to not have to dig into the taxpayers' pockets.
"We're going to have to find some sources, and a lot of planning to do before we get to the construction stage," said Miles.
He wants to officially get the ball rolling by July. Part of the plan will include acquiring some land from the businesses along the Street. He said a majority of them have already given him the go-ahead.
"It'll help us out tremendously, you know?" said Tommy Hutchison, of Wiggins Oil Exchange.
Hutchison would love to see the progress of the street widening, especially if it would give him an easier commute to work.
"It gets pretty hectic through here, sometimes, with the traffic. After work, and then in the morning time with the donut shop right next to us and Popeye's right across the street, it gets pretty heavy through here sometimes," said Hutchison.
The new street would include three lanes and an improved drainage system.