Study recommends informational kiosks in downtown Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A new study commissioned by the City of Hattiesburg is recommending city officials place several informational kiosks in the downtown area to help visitors find their way around. The ongoing study, conducted by Neel-Schaffer, Inc., suggests the kiosks as one of the ways to help with traffic flow.

They would feature maps of important downtown buildings.

A progress report on the study was presented today during a regular monthly meeting of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

"The whole idea is for people who are visiting the downtown area, for them to be able to easily find where they're going in the downtown area, what they're looking for," said Betsy Rowell, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

"It will look a lot like the kiosks that you see when you walk into one of the entrances to Turtle Creek Mall," said Russ Bryan, a landscape architect with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. "It will have all of the municipal buildings, parks and public buildings outlined in plain view and then down below, it will describe the names and in some cases, what each building houses," said Bryan.

The study is also looking at other ways to help traffic flow and could take a couple of more months to complete. 

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