$60M infrastructure grant awarded to widen I-10

Senator Roger Wicker announced a $60 million grant awarded for infrastructure between Long Beach and Diamondhead.

The fund is reserved for widening I-10 from four to six lanes starting west of Diamondhead to east of County Farm Road in Harrison County.

The project is expected to remove major bottle-necking, reduce delays, and keep driver’s safe. For year’s Diamondhead Mayor Nancy Depreo and MDOT have worked on this project.

Mayor Depreo has been trying since 2014 to get this project funded after reviewing and witnessing wrecks that occurred at Exit 16.

Exit 16 improvements will begin in March. Mayor Depreo said, “New improvements at Exit 16 will have an exit going off, residents will be able to bypass the round-about if they just want to turn into the business district or visitors coming to Diamondhead. If not, you’ll go around and head to whatever direction you want to go in.”

Also included in the project is a noise barrier wall along the I-10 corridor and a walking trail.

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