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Harrison Co. east-west corridor conversation resurrected

The board voted to table the request for $25,000 to support the study. (Photo source: WLOX) The board voted to table the request for $25,000 to support the study. (Photo source: WLOX)
Coast Transit Authority Director Kevin Coggin and Gulf Regional Planning representative Elaine Wilkerson appeared before Harrison County supervisors this morning to talk about an east-west corridor project. (Photo source: WLOX) Coast Transit Authority Director Kevin Coggin and Gulf Regional Planning representative Elaine Wilkerson appeared before Harrison County supervisors this morning to talk about an east-west corridor project. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A major Coast road project that's been talked about for years and was the subject of two past studies has been resurrected.

Coast Transit Authority Director Kevin Coggin and Gulf Regional Planning representative Elaine Wilkerson appeared before Harrison County supervisors this morning to talk about an east-west corridor project.

They asked the county for $25,000 to help fund a new $1.4 million study that would take the proposed roadway closer to construction. Coggin told the board this new study will not repeat what's already been done, but rather will draw upon the best elements from the 1997 and 2007 studies.

Wilkerson said there is momentum right now to pursue the project, with support from the Federal Highway Administration and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Some board members remain skeptical, however.

"I don't think this roadway will be built in the lifetime of our grandchildren," said Supervisor Marlin Ladner.

The board voted to table the request for $25,000 to support the study. Supervisor Windy Swetman pointed out that new board members will be elected in tomorrow's election, and they may want some input before supervisors approve the money.

Steve Phillips will have the full story tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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