Safer sidewalks, new pedestrian bridge coming to busy Ocean Springs road

Safer sidewalks, new pedestrian bridge coming to busy Ocean Springs road

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - For students who walk to Pecan Park Elementary every day, the walk along busy Government Street can be filled with dips and other dangers.

"Some sidewalks you could trip over some of the cracks, because some parts could be uneven," said third grader William Machulones.

In October, Ocean Springs will repair and replace the broken, buckled sidewalks along Government Street from Hanley to Hanshaw Road.

Mayor Connie  Moran calls the $1.3 million Government Street Improvement Project "the largest infrastructure project undertaken by Ocean Springs on the east side of town".

"Some are in very bad condition and very narrow, so those will be replaced. Others are fairly new, so those will be retained. There will also be a crosswalk with a signal around Broome's II Grocery," said Moran.

The improvement project also calls for installing a pedestrian bridge over Davis Bayou.

"The new one will be prefabricated and mostly aluminum, and probably some synthetic wooden planks," added Moran.

New sidewalks will be going in starting on the east side of Heron Bayou and stretching all the way to the middle school.

"I think it's big for our school district. It gives students better access to walk and from school every day," said Pecan Park Elementary Principal Chris LeBatard.

In planning stages for several years, Moran is looking forward to the project ensuring students take smoother, safer steps to school.

"We just want to provide connectivity, give students and young people an opportunity to get to school, get more traffic off the road, and improve their health and quality of life," said Moran.

The project is scheduled to start in mid-October and take about six months to complete. Since the construction will affect three Ocean Springs schools, the city will coordinate with the school district to ease congestion during the construction.

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