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MDOT planning Hwy 90 widening for Gautier, Ocean Springs

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It's not going to happen until about five years from now, but officials want a road project that spans Vermont Avenue in Ocean Springs to Dolphin drive in Gautier to be on your mind.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has plans to relieve congestion on a section of Highway 90. We caught up with business owners who had mixed reactions.

Based on the high level of traffic on a portion of Highway 90, MDOT has plans to fix it by adding an additional lane making six lanes that start here at Vermont Avenue in Ocean Springs.

But even with positive intentions, some business owners like Chris Lane with iRepair Ocean Springs said they are cautiously optimistic about the project.

"It's a good and bad thing. It's going to be a good thing for the motorist. Nobody wants to be stuck in traffic after work and nobody wants to be stuck in traffic going to work. So they are going to get home a lot quicker with the widening. On the flip side it's going to pick up the pace for traffic for businesses and they aren't really going to have a chance to see us,” said Chris Lane, who is the owner of iRepair Ocean Springs.

The work is programmed to start in 2020 and take about two years to complete. Another business owner said the construction alone would hinder customers from visiting his business. Le Celebrations Boutique owner Jennifer Lapin likes to see improvement, but hopes construction impact on businesses and residents near the road are carefully considered.

"The only concern I have is the unknown. I just want to know that the city has a plan in place to make sure that it doesn't inconvenience our customers,” Lapin said.

But despite her worries she and other business owners admit there's a traffic problem here.

"Traffic gets worse after 4:30 and usually for a solid hour between 4:30 and 5:30 it's at a dead stop in front of our store,” said Lane.

Other additions to this project include upgrading all traffic signals that are still span wire to mast arms. MDOT has hired a consultant to locate public and private utilities such as water, sewer, gas, electricity in that corridor and a hydraulic analysis for roadway drainage is also planned. The project will possibly be split into two phases depending on funding.

"Based on the congestion and traffic in that corridor it requires an additional lane, because it increases the capacity for the motorists using the roadway," said Castleberry.

MDOT has hired a consultant to local public and private utilities such as water, sewer, gas, electricity in that corridor and a hydraulic analysis for roadway drainage is also planned. The project would take between two and two and a half years to complete. City officials said no homes and businesses will be relocated due to this project.

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