LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Bid approvals were showcased for the continuing infrastructure repairs in Laurel, and work is expected to start soon on a new roundabout project.
"I am just totally excited," said James Johnson-Hill, lead pastor at Agape Church in downtown. "Anything the city does to continue to help the revitalization efforts in downtown is amazing."
Turn right, left or drive all the way around? Drivers sometime hesitant about what to do once they reach the flagpole at Central and 5th Avenues in Laurel's historic downtown area.
"It is a little bit confusing right now for people that are new, and clearly we have a lot of new people that are coming to downtown," Johnson-Hill said.
But, that confusion will soon turn to clarification as a new roundabout will be constructed. Agape Church sits on the corner next to the roundabout, and Johnson-Hill said he believes this will all around be better for drivers and pedestrians.
"Our mayor has proven he is an exceptional leader and we are really excited about him taking the forefront and doing this," Johnson-Hill said. "I think it makes it safer and it will make it clear on which direction to go."
"We are going to turn that into a real roundabout," Mayor Johnny Magee said. "The flagpole is kind of off-centered so, we are going to take the flagpole down and put a roundabout there. It's going to be something like a stage where they can put Christmas trees and have little singings and things like that. It will be a true roundabout. It will be in the center and make traffic go a lot smoother."
"Roundabouts are kind of a thing they use in other countries effectively," Johnson-Hill said. "They are kind of new and different for us in the south. It's going to be great to have one. I think it's going to be a great feature even to have in our downtown."
You can expect to see the project starting in about 2 months.