MDOT presents USM with generous donation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King was at the University of Southern Mississippi  to present a check from MDOT in the amount of $684,000.

The money is part of a grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The grant originates from the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds provided by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.

The grant is an 80/20 match and will go towards a "Pedestrian Pathway" leading from Scianna Hall to Pride Field. The University's share of the project will be approximately $171,000.

The Pedestrian Pathway will measure about 10-feet in width and approximately 1,400 linear feet in length. It will be made of concrete, embellished with brick.

Neil Schaffer is in charge of the project's design and management. Construction should begin this fall and estimated to be completed in 18 months.