When will Sangani expansion start?

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The preliminary designs are done. The engineering firm is ready, and the city is all go. So, it's the question everyone's asking, why hasn't construction to expand Sangani Boulevard started?

According to the engineering firm doing the job, MDOT has yet to issue an activation number for work to begin.

"There are a lot of requirements MDOT places on other entities before they allow construction to begin," says D'Iberville's City Manager Richard Rose.

If the city can't get moving now, it's looking at two options. The city can start construction in August, stop during the holiday season to avoid hurting business and start back up in January.

"That kind of presents some problems. MDOT probably wouldn't allow something like that as it appears, but we'll find out," says Rose.

Plus, this option could increase costs because contractors would have to break down and re-start construction for the six month project.

Then, there's option number two.

"We go out for bid in October or September and begin construction right after January 1st," Rose says.

"I think January would be better," says driver Susan Thompson.

"If it's a six month procoss, it'll be done by summer, all the kids are out of school, and they're going to be out on the roads," says Beverly Gamache. "Then, you'll have a lot of tourists on the roads during the summer."

Whenever work finally begins, driver Julian Fayard has a piece of advice he'd like to share.

"Let's go to work baby," Fayard says.

It will be a six month project. Seymour Engineering, the firm hired for the job, says it should have a better idea from MDOT by April as to when things will get going.

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