Improvements on the way for busy Sangani and I-110 interchange

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - If you've ever driven around the I-10/I-110 interchange in D'Iberville, you know how congested, even dangerous it can be. The State Transportation Department is working on plans to make it easier for you to get in and out of the city.

MDOT has also come up with at least five different plans to improve other heavily-traveled roads around the interstate. The agency is giving the public a chance to see the proposals and give feedback.

Just ask drivers about the traffic tie-ups around Sangani Blvd., and you get quite a consensus.

"Hectic. Yeah, it's busy. It's a busy intersection," said Rose Palmisano, a Louisiana resident who travels through the area every day.

"I think it's pretty bad. I really do. My son was in an accident not too long ago, just from crossing from Chevron," said Lynn Mondragon of Vancleave.

And with commercial development booming around the D'Iberville shopping center, there's bound to be more congestion.

"This is the entire project study," said MDOT Engineer Kelly Castleberry, as he pointed to a map of the area.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working on plans to make it easier for drivers to maneuver around the Sangani intersection and the I-10/I-110 interchange.

"Maybe some alignment changes to where we shift some of the off traffic that comes off I-10," said Castleberry. "The ramps at Sangani are very close together. There may be some alignment shifts there, as well, to ease congestion."

Improvements are also on the way for other busy roads around the interchange. For instance, one proposal calls for shifting roads or adding ramps to Lamey Bridge Road, D'Iberville Boulevard and Popps Ferry Road to give drivers direct access to I-10 or I-110.

MDOT is currently conducting an environmental study on the project. The agency is looking at how the proposed changes could affect traffic flow, access, noise, as well as, the potential impact on homes and businesses in D'Iberville. Part of that study includes getting input from the public.

"There are several alternatives. Nothing has been decided on the project per se," said Castleberry. "The goal is to help people get in and out, free up some of the congestion in this area and probably get some better access to this area from the city of D'Iberville."

Once the environmental study is finished, MDOT will come up with a construction timeline. The improvements are expected to cost about $100 million.

You can see the plans in detail and share your thoughts during a public forum. It is set for Thursday, December 4th, from 4:00 until 6:30 PM, at the D'Iberville Senior Citizens Center on Lamey Bridge Road.