What is now a well-known short cut to D'Iberville for Jackson County residents will soon be a booming commercial boulevard. The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is asking for design proposals for the expansion of Cook Road. The plan will include connecting Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs to Sangani Boulevard in D'Iberville.
Michele Coats, the Planning Director for Jackson County, says, "What we're hoping to do is to create a vision of the development of that road. We’re about to begin right of way acquisition now, so we thought now would be a good time to have someone come in and help us create a vision for what we want to see out there." According to Coats, the plans to expand Cook Road go all back to before Hurricane Katrina, but Coats says she is glad they could take the time to make sure everything is just right. Coats also says, "Hopefully, we'll be able to use some lessons learned from D'Iberville. We want to make sure that the infrastructure that we plan for will be adequate for the future."
Both Coats and supervisor, John McKay, say they hope the development will cause the commercial success in D'Iberville to spill over into Jackson County. McKay says, "We anticipate an awful lot of development in that area and an awful lot of traffic with all the new development going on in Sangani and we hope some of that will spill over into Jackson County. That’s the reason it’s so critical we do that." Developers have until June 16th to submit their proposals to the Jackson County clerk.