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King announces funding for local projects in south Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MISS. — The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently announced $7 million in federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) projects for the Southern Transportation District.

TA funds are federal transportation dollars that are for non-roadway types of improvements such as sidewalks, multiuse paths, pedestrian lighting and traffic relief. The funds flow through the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Local Public Agency (LPA) division.

LPA programs leverage local investments with federal funds for infrastructure improvements to enhance the quality of life for residents throughout Mississippi.

“The relationship between MDOT and local municipalities is crucial to Mississippians,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. ”It ensures that we are not only improving safety for the traveling public, but we are also improving quality of life for local residents as well. These funds are a vital part of that relationship.”

MDOT serves as a conduit for local governments to access federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act funds. MDOT provides project guidance and oversight but does not receive any portion of the funding.

“These grants are crucial for these small towns, and we are grateful to Mississippi’s leadership for their continued support,” King said.

Projects in south Mississippi are:

Camp Shelby                                                                 $500,000.00
– 7,780-foot long concrete multi-use pathway that will begin at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum and end near the cabins at Lake Walker

Jones County Junior College                                            $500,000.00
– Sidewalk and pathway installation connecting Lakeside Walking Trail to the campus soccer facility and other campus buildings

University of Southern Mississippi                                    $700,000.00
– Installation of brick paver multi-use pathway, lighting and turnaround located on the south end of Forrest Avenue

University of Southern Mississippi – Gulf Park                    $500,000.00
– Remove existing sidewalks and roadway adjacent to Lloyd Hall and Elizabeth Hall and replace with new pathways, lighting and landscaping; connecting to the existing Bear Bayou pathways

City of Collins                                                                 $500,000.00
– Construction of 5-foot sidewalks along Carver Drive, Dewey Avenue, West Street, Beach Avenue, Elm Street, S. First Street, S. Second Street, S. Third Street, S. Seventh Street, S. Fir Street and S. Dogwood.

City of Laurel                                                                 $600,000.00
– Pedestrian improvements along Spec Wilson Boulevard from Carrol Gartin Boulevard to Central Avenue

Pat Harrison Waterway                                                   $400,000.00
– 14 miles of 12-foot equestrian trails at the Flint Creek Waterpark facility including three bridges and two trail heads

Pike County Board of Supervisors                                    $400,000.00
– Pedestrian and trail improvements at Bogue Chitto Water Park including 3,500 feet of asphalt pathway, shade structure, ADA parking spaces, safety lighting at three trail heads

City of Hattiesburg                                                         $1,400,000.00
– Gordon’s Creek Commons – Construction of 8-foot and 10-foot concrete pathways and connection points between Hardy Street, McLeod Street, Pine Street and along the creek near downtown

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Perkinston      $1,000,000.00
– Installation of 5,960 feet of decorative steel pedestrian safety fencing, landscaping, gates and drainage improvements

City of Petal                                                                   $500,000.00
– 5-foot sidewalk improvements on South Main Street, East 4th Avenue and Morris Street connecting to Rawls Springs multi-use pathway and Petal Middle School

Total Federal Funds in Southern District:                              $7,000,000.00

The award recipient can provide additional information regarding timelines and impacts to traffic prior to the start of construction.

Work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to some motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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