Back in the 1960s, when Highway 15 was being built, the project ran out of money and steam and just kind of stopped.
"Highway 15 is supposed to be a continuous route from the Gulf Coast all the way to Tennessee," Twedt said. "Right now, 15 starts at 1-10 and 1-110 and it goes up to Highway 26 and it stops."
Filling that gap left in the sixties, would mean creating a four lane highway that could take as long as ten years to construct. The toughest part is figuring out where to put it while also having the smallest impact on wetlands, forests and humans. That's why they are asking for input.
Option C goes through Jackson, George and Greene Counties into Perry. This one has a lot of homeowners in Latimer very upset, because a number of homes would have to go.
I went to the meeting last night and I discover that the land along OPTION B was purchased 25 years ago to widen Highway 15 at it's current location.
When they recently received Federal Funding to widen Highway 15 DeSoto National Forest and Camp Shelby demanded they do a new EIS (Environmental Study) because it had been more then 3 years and 25 years ago MDOT failed to get a RECORD OF DECISION. They will get a RECORD OF DECISION this time so whatever route they decide on the Highway will be built there even IF they run out of money and the Highway isn't widened for 10 or 30 years.
This is a FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECT so I encourage everyone to attend the Town Hall Meeting held by Representative Gene Taylor and ask why our tax money is being wasted on a new EIS? why the original route where land has already been purchased isn't automatically being used? and what will happen to the land purchased 25 years ago and never used if another route is chosen?
Moss Point Town Hall Meeting
Monday, August 17, 2009
Pelican Landing Conference Center
6217 Highway 613
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.