LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Two ribbon cutting ceremonies were held in the city of Laurel on Thursday, marking the completion of two major MDOT projects.
The first ribbon cutting was held along Grandview Drive, which has been resurfaced and widened from two lanes to three.
A new bridge was added and the curve straightened out to alleviate traffic problems for larger vehicles.
The second ribbon cutting was held at Mason Park, where a new pedestrian bridge has been built.
A second pedestrian bridge was also built at Gardiner Park.
Tom King, Southern District Transportation commissioner, said that Grandview Drive was hazardous for larger vehicles and was very much needed.
"School buses were having trouble going around the curve, you couldn't see and it was a dangerous curve," King said. "They corrected the problems and it's much safer and that's what it's all about, safety is our number one priority at MDOT."
MDOT awarded funding totaling $1.12 million toward the roadway and safety improvement project on Grandview Drive.
Additionally, MDOT awarded funding totaling $300,000 toward the pedestrian bridges.
The money was 80 percent of the total projects funds while the remaining 20 percent was provided for by the city of Laurel.