HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg has begun infrastructure improvements on a sidewalk project near William Carey University.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation used grant money funded by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, and has given Hattiesburg the "go ahead" for the project.
To clear the right of way for the project, some fences had to be moved back away from the street. Fire hydrants as well as power poles had to be moved to accommodate the nearly one-mile long project.
The proposed 8-foot-wide sidewalk will run all along Tuscan Avenue from Edwards Street to Martin Luther King Avenue. Additional crosswalks, and pedestrian signage will also be included.
The estimated cost of the project is just over $400,000 to complete. Construction will begin once the infrastructure is complete. The city has told residents along Tuscan Ave that the project should begin by September of this year.