ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A Transportation Alternative Project or "TAP" grant of over $400,000 was officially awarded to JCJC on Thursday, July 6. This money will be used for campus improvement and safety project which will convert an area of College Drive into a pedestrian corridor.
Southern District Transportation Commissioner, Tom King along with Assistant to the Commissioner, Tim Ryan took part in the announcement and grant check presentation held on campus. The check was presented to JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith and staff as recipients of the TAP grant during a ceremony on the JCJC campus.
The project is 80-percent funded or $416,399.04, by the MDOT's federal TAP budget, and 20-percent funded, or $104,099.76, which is matching money that JCJC will provide as specified in the award criteria, for a total of $520.498.80 for the pedestrian corridor project.
The campus improvement and safety project will convert an area of College Drive into a pedestrian corridor. The pedestrian corridor includes the area in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center, which includes the cafeteria and bookstore.
This highly traveled area by both cars and pedestrian will be closed to all through traffic except emergency vehicles. Permanent closing the street will provide for the safety of pedestrians walking in that area.
The proposed improvements will consist of brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete and landscape improvements.another important aspect of this project will be the installation of the JCJC logo at ground level in the center of the proposed pedestrian plaza.
The estimated 18-month construction project will not begin until summer 2016, to allow for construction bids to be prepared and awarded.
In the future, the college hopes to expand the corridor on College Drive to the end of Hutchison-Hubbard Administration Building and A.B. Howard Gymnasium area and on Dan Jones Memorial Drive, behind the Terrell Tisdale Memorial Library, to the Humanities Center.