Hattiesburg City Council approves new traffic impact study

Hattiesburg City Council approves new traffic impact study

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg is hoping a new traffic study will lead to improved parking and traffic flow downtown.

The Hattiesburg City Council Tuesday night authorized the mayor to execute an agreement with Neel-Shaffer, Inc., which would look at options for re-directing traffic, creating angle parking and doing away with one-way streets.

The city conducted a another traffic study more than two years ago, but officials said implementing its recommendations would have been too expensive.

"We can't afford to build a parking garage, we talked about that a few years back, five to six million dollars," said Kim Bradley, council president. "We just don't have the revenue to pay for something like that, so we've got what we have and we need to make it work and that's what we're just trying to identify."

The council Tuesday also extended an agreement with the AIDS Services Coalition to turn a former apartment complex off of Main Street into permanent supportive housing.