MPO holds public hearing on upcoming projects

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Metropolitan Planning Organization held a public hearing Monday to discuss local projects planned for the area over the next three years.

The plan includes several road projects as well as the extension of the Long Leaf Trace into the city. The hearing gave the public an opportunity to make comments and suggestions about the projects.

The MPO Division's primary planning activities are centered around transportation. They are responsible for the integrated planning of transportation systems in Hattiesburg, Petal, as well as parts of Forrest and Lamar Counties.

"We do our projects in phases," said Christine Brown, MPO Division Manager. "We have exactly three stages that we plan over the next 35 years. Our stage one projects are for the next three years and stage two are for the next 10 years. Tonight we are giving everybody an opportunity to review projects that we are planning to do in the next three years."

Feedback received at the public hearing is reviewed and evaluated as part of the planning process.

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