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Proposed I-10 exit would lead directly to downtown Long Beach

The City of Long Beach is considering a road project that calls for creating a new Long Beach exit off I-10 by extending Klondyke Road to the north. (Photo source: WLOX) The City of Long Beach is considering a road project that calls for creating a new Long Beach exit off I-10 by extending Klondyke Road to the north. (Photo source: WLOX)
Currently, drivers can get to Long Beach by taking exits 28 or 31 off the interstate, but both require additional turns to reach the city.  (Photo source: WLOX) Currently, drivers can get to Long Beach by taking exits 28 or 31 off the interstate, but both require additional turns to reach the city. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

The City of Long Beach is considering a road project that calls for creating a new Long Beach exit off I-10 by extending Klondyke Road to the north. Alderman Gary Ponthieux has placed a resolution supporting the project on Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting. 

"It would certainly boost economic development," said Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie. 

As with most projects, its future boils down to one thing. 

"Money!" says the mayor. Plans call for asking for a portion of BP money to finance this as an economic development initiative. 

Many residents we spoke with haven't heard about the project, but most were supportive of the idea when given some basic details. 

"I'm all for it," said Long Beach resident Dave Anderson, "It could certainly boost development, and that's something the city needs."

Currently, drivers can get to Long Beach by taking exits 28 or 31 off the interstate, but both require additional turns to reach the city. The proposed Klondyke Road extension would be a straight shot from I-10 to downtown.

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