$1M project will increase boat access to future Moss Point nature center

$1M project will increase boat access to future Moss Point nature center

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A million dollar improvement project is in the works in Moss Point to help get more people on the water and traveling to the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center.

Pascagoula River Audubon's Director Dr. Mark LaSalle has a lot to be excited about these days. The $2 million nature facility going up in the city's downtown district will attract more visitors to town. Also, the Dantzler Street Bridge near the site will soon be elevated to allow for boat tours and other traffic to safely pass under it.

"When these bridges were put in many number of years ago we were not talking about boat traffic much. It was just about getting vehicles over bodies of water, so there wasn't enough clearance to allow boat traffic to go through there. Elevating the bridge even a little bit allows for that recreational use," said Dr. LaSalle.

Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris said the project has been in the works for three years and more than $1 million will go toward the bridge makeover.

"We will have it ascend and descend in an area from one side to the other one.  If you look at now, we're looking at roughly five to six feet, which will go up to about nine feet or so, it will be up roughly about nine feet," said Supervisor Harris.

Both Dr. LaSalle and Supervisor Harris are optimistic that once the bridge is finished more visitors will start flowing in the city  to see the world-class nature center and get a firsthand look at the beautiful rivers and bayous in the area.

"Everyone is involved in making this become a reality. It's a great impact on our county and city as for as a tourist attraction," said Harris.

"I know we have great nature here and I know people will travel to see it, but we have the have the amenities in place to accommodate them," said LaSalle.

Harris said county will accept bids for the bridge improvement project Monday at the Jackson County Services Complex in Pascagoula.

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