Dangerous Ocean Springs intersection gets makeover

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Major improvements are coming to the Ocean Springs Road/Highway 90 intersection.

"I would like to see it done today," driver Gary Burkett said.

Burkett and Jackson Supervisor John McKay agree driving the intersection is a nightmare. They blame the traffic problems on the odd design.

"It's just been so much traffic here that people are stopping in the middle of the road," Burkett said.

"It's just a horribly designed intersection with the 45 diagonal," Supervisor McKay said. "At peak times of going to work and coming back, people actually back up all the way down to the hospital, and the people turning into the hospital have to wait."

Safety is another big factor for the road repair. Supervisor McKay said every year about 100 accidents happen at the dangerous intersection.

"It will be an expensive project, but it will definitely increase safety for the motor public."

In the redesign plan, the 45 degree angle intersection will be closed. Two new 90 degree intersections will be added on each side of Ocean Springs Hospital with traffic lights.

"We are going to replace the one traffic light at the intersection. There will be two of them, one at Guilford Road behind you, and another at the hospital, the park entrance, where we will have two red lights. It will control the traffic," McKay said

Smother traffic is what Hospital Coordinator Dwight Rimes said he has wanted for years because the area is so popular. He's excited work will soon begin on the roads.

"It will help the traffic flow, people getting in and out of the hospital, and employees crossing over the road," Rimes said. "We finally got everyone together - Mississippi Department of Transportation, the county, the city and everybody. Yes, it is long, long overdue."

An asphalt ceremony will be held to officially start construction on the intersection Tuesday. Supervisor McKay said the first phase of construction will be relocating sewer lines and utilities that may conflict with the road project. The project is not expected to cause any major traffic delays, and work should be completed by September of this year.

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