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Road Construction To Come For Downtown Hattiesburg

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Downtown streets are about to get a major facelift.

"We did a downtown study and we really want to make downtown more pedestrian friendly," said Bert Kuyrkendall, Hattiesburg director of engineering.

He said the changes are expected to cost anywhere from $1.3 million to $1.5 million of the city's money.

"The first phase is probably the biggest and it involves turning one way traffic into two way traffic.

Front Street and Pine Street will be converted from one-way to two-way streets.

"Going to two-way traffic slows traffic down," Kuyrkendall said. "People aren't competing to get ahead.

Kuyrkendall said this will also make drivers commute a lot easier.

"People who aren't familiar with downtown have a hard time getting around," he said. 

The main entrance to downtown where Hardy Street and Pine street intersect, will also be reconstructed.

"We will be constructing a roundabout," he said.

He also said the changes will allow more downtown parking.

"We will be adding about 80 or 90 on street parking spaces," he said.

The city plans to advertise for construction bids  starting Friday.

"If we start construction in September or October, we'll be looking for early spring for completion," Kuyrkendall said.

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