$60 Million grant for I-10 Freight Corridor Project in Hancock, Harrison counties

Later this year we may start to see work begin on widening I-10 in Hancock County.

As we’ve reported, President Biden has awarded a $60 million mega-grant for improvements on I-10. The project will widen I-10 from four lanes to six lanes just west of Diamondhead to just east of County Farm Road in Harrison County.

It’s called the ‘I-10 Freight Corridor Project’ and it was one of nine national projects selected for this first year of the mega grant program.

This morning, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke with News 25 about the significance of this work. “You look at the level of traffic, the level of shipments, the number of goods and the value of them that move through this area, even if you’re not directly involved in transportation and even if you don’t drive on I-10, you are better off when goods can move more efficiently through those supply chains, and that’s why we see a lot of economic value, a lot of return for that 60-million-dollar investment that the department is making.”

According to MDOT, work to widen that portion of I-10 is expected to begin later this year or early next year and should take three years to complete.

The project also includes building a sound wall in Diamondhead.

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