April 19, 2014  

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Southern Miss Receives MDOT Grant for Pedestrian Corridor

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded $675,000 in Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg for a multi-use pathway project.

The project is a pedestrian corridor along the center of campus, will include a pathway accommodating walking, jogging and cycling. It is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and will also feature brick paving, decorative lighting, landscaping and irrigation, benches, bike racks, trash receptacles and emergency call stations.

“This proposed pathway, located at the heart of our Hattiesburg campus, will be a beautiful addition to the university,” said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders.  “Along with increasing the safety and aesthetics of the campus, this pedestrian corridor project will add to the quality of life of our students and faculty, and encourage more people to pursue healthy lifestyles through exercise.”

Twice a year, a number of Local Public Agencies (LPAs) across the state are awarded projects that enhance the transportation infrastructure of state and local highways. For this most recent award cycle, $6 million has been awarded to the three transportation commissions in Mississippi. 

Southern Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown said he’s pleased with the worthy projects included in this recent awarding.

“South Mississippi will benefit from $2 million in Transportation Enhancement funding to bring about projects that improve the quality of life for the citizens of our state,” said Southern Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown. “This pedestrian corridor project at the university will have long-lasting benefits for all students and employees of the university.”