Campus Improvements on the Way to USM Gulf Park

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Big changes to how USM Gulf Park students travel their campus by foot are on the way.
Tuesday morning, MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration presented a $160,000 check to the school. It’s part of the Transportation Alternative Grant Program.
MDOT and the FHWA provides 80 percent and the school must provide the final 20 percent which equals $40,000. A bulk of that money will be used in the area surrounding Bear Point Bayou.
Designs show new sidewalks, gathering areas, landscaping, a new pedestrian bridge and even code blue stations for safety. USM Gulf Park Vice President Dr. Steve Miller said, “I think it shows the university’s administration’s commitment to the Gulf Coast and our ability to create a wonderful learning environment for our students and give them a great learning experience right here at home on the Coast. It’s so hard to get resources these days and whenever we can partner with these types of agencies for these types of matching grants, it just means a lot to us.”
The project is slated to begin this September and end in April of 2017.
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