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Meeting set to update Jackson Co. residents on Cook Road corridor

Tuesday, a meeting is scheduled to bring residents up to date on the $13 million Cook Road corridor project and let them know how the widening will impact them. (Photo source: WLOX) Tuesday, a meeting is scheduled to bring residents up to date on the $13 million Cook Road corridor project and let them know how the widening will impact them. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Jackson County leaders believe they are about a year out from starting work on building a new economic corridor north of Interstate 10. On Tuesday, a meeting is scheduled to bring residents up to date on the $13 million Cook Road project and let them know how the widening will impact them. 

David Callender remembers a time when there was so little traffic on Cook Road, kids would ride their bikes in the street. Callender said those days are gone forever and he supports Jackson county's plan to widen the street.   

Callender said "It will be a lot safer road when they do it. The traffic on it right now is so bad on it that every time a little rain shower comes up there are police up and down the road because of wrecks."

Jackson County leaders said they want Cook Road to link the growing development around Ocean Springs exit 50 with the boom around Sangani Boulevard in D'Iberville. Cook Road will be widened to three lanes and partially reconfigured meet up with with Mallett Road near the Harrison County line.

"It's a natural pattern of growth and as we can see D'Iberville is continually moving to the east," said Ross. "With a new road in Jackson County we can expect that to come further east." 

The hope is to spark the interest of commercial developers to create an economic corridor along Cook Road. 

"Any growth we see is going to increase tax revenue. The more we have industrial or commercial growth that means the more money you have generated from that sector," said Ross. "All of a sudden we can see a way to lessen the burden for the general public and in residential housing."

Ross said the meeting on Tuesday will be a community update. 

"It gives us an opportunity to make sure residents who are concerned about the project and want to know more about it. They are able to come look at it and see where it's going to be and who will be impacted and what it means to them," said Ross. 

County leaders said they've made offers to the owners of 100 parcels needed for the project. Calendar said his family sold the house that belonged to his late parents. Now he's wondering if he wants to continue have a Cook Street address.  He's not thrilled about living on a busy three lane road and misses the good old days when it was a quiet street.

"This has always been home but I think I could part and move up where it's up in the country a little bit further," Callender. 

Jackson County will hold a public meeting on the Cook Road corridor Tuesday, July 7 at the St. Martin Community Center from 4 pm to 6 pm.  

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