Ocean Springs Business Owners Raise Concerns Over Highway 90 Widening

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is a common sight at the Highway 90-Washington Avenue Intersection in Ocean Springs. State Department of Transportation officials say widening the Highway and adding turning lanes to the intersection will help relieve the congestion.

The work will stretch from Vermont Avenue west to Cox Street, and from the Fort Bayou Bridge south to the Railroad Tracks. Project Engineer Melinda McGrath says once they open up that intersection, everyone will be amazed at just how quickly cars could move.

But some nearby merchants wonder how the project will impact them. Many worry the construction will block access to their businesses. McGrath says throughout the project, both lanes of Highway 90 will remain open in each direction. Crews will also do their best to keep the entrances to the businesses open.

McGrath says the construction will be messy at times and businesses will experience some inconvenience. But she says the project will benefit the entire community by hopefully preventing traffic jams in the future.

The widening project will cost nearly $3 million. Crews will begin the work by removing underground pipes along the Highway and ripping out the medians. The entire project is expected to wrap up by September of 2002.

By: Trang Pham-Bui