The Gulfport City Council approved the preliminary engineering contract for phase two of the Dedeaux Road widening project. The widening will allow for new businesses and projects on Dedeaux moving forward.
The funding for the project has been threatened due to the U.S. Highway Trust Fund drying up. If Congress does not find a new way to fund state transportation agencies, a major part of the Dedeaux Road money may be gone, but Councilman R. Lee Flowers says they are already considering alternative funding streams to keep the project moving forward.
Flowers says, “There are federal avenues that come to us every year through normal appropriations that we've looked at. G.R.P.C. handles those for us. That's Gulf Regional Planning Commission, and we have commitments from them, and as we move forward, we're on their list to get their funds from them.”
Tuesday, the council approved a contract with the Mississippi Engineering Group to move forward in the next phase of the project.