LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel's Beacon Street could look a whole lot different this time next year, according to Mayor Johnny Magee. That main thoroughfare will be getting a major facelift from Iinterstate-59 to Central Avenue, and with the work will come its new name...the Beacon Street Gateway.
It's part of some significant infrastructure improvements that city officials say are scheduled to take place in 2014.
"It's going to be a whole new face for Laurel, a new outlook for that part of town," said Magee. "And, it's going to increase business, we're going to have some property available for expansion," he said.
The city will also continue its study on the possibility of annexing the Pendorff community and will expand its recreation department.
Mayor Magee says a lot of the work is being made possible because of continued monthly sales tax increases that began last summer during the Dixie Youth World Series.