U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has announced a $60 million award in bipartisan infrastructure law funding that will support widening I-10 from four to six lanes between Long Beach and Diamondhead.
The grant, which will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part of the National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program, also known as the “Mega” grant program. The funding specifically is reserved for widening I-10 from four to six lanes, starting just west of Diamondhead to just east of County Farm Road in Harrison County where an existing six-lane segment ends.
“This grant funding will have a lasting effect on the people and businesses all along the Gulf Coast that rely on I-10 every day. Widening I-10 from four to six lanes will help to remove a major bottleneck and reduce delays, while additional improvements along the route will help keep all drivers safer,” Wicker said. “Projects like these are the primary reason I have made supporting infrastructure one of my top priorities in Congress.”
Additionally, funds will also support intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements from approximately 1.5 miles west of the SR 603/43 interchange to approximately two miles east of U.S. 49. The project is expected to relieve traffic for drivers in a heavily used commercial and freight corridor, while creating new jobs for Mississippians.
“Infrastructure projects improving our roads, bridges, and overall transportation systems are always a good investment of taxpayer dollars,” Congressman Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., said. “This project will create jobs and economic growth, as well as improve driving experiences for residents and visitors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”