South Mississippi leaders have major plans for the future, 2030 to be exact. Monday, Gulfport Council met with leaders from the Gulf Regional Planning Commission to outline transportation plans for the Coast.
It's a 30 year project with dozens of plans. The Gulf Regional Planning Commission has three stages planned. Stage one: is 2007 through 2010. Stage 2 is 2011 through 2020 and stage 3 is 2021 through 2030.
There are several others, including an Airport Road proposal and the extension of O'Neil Road.
"These projects were developed through a long developed process of over a year worth of public meetings, meetings with city staff and representatives from all modes of transportation," says David Taylor, Planning Director with Gulf Regional Planning Commission.
The cost for stage one is nearly $75 million. It's a price tag Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr says the city won't take on alone.
"It's not all the city or the taxpayers responsibility to pay, not at least out of our local funds. This is a very long term plan out until 2030. There will be a lot of federal and state dollars. The majority will be used from federal and state funding," says Mayor Warr.
While most of the money will come from federal and state funding, the city and the county will need to raise funds for some of the improvements. However, council realizes this only the beginning of the major transportation plan and there will be several changes to come.
People from the three major coastal counties will have a chance to see the plans and address any concerns. The first meeting is Tuesday, April 10th at the Donal Snyder Center in Biloxi. The meeting starts at 4:30pm.