Country Club Road getting a street makeover

By HASKEL BURNS,

A resolution recently passed by Hattiesburg City Council members will allow the Mississippi Department of Transportation to begin work on a reconstruction project on Country Club Road, including drainage improvements, a multi-use pathway, curb and gutter, and asphalt overlay.

The project, which will run from U.S. 49 to JC Killingsworth Drive in the area of Vernon Dahmer Park, is designed to adapt the street to a typical urban roadway in order to increase traffic flow and pedestrian safety and accommodate bicyclists.

“The community has been wanting that project, so we are inquiring into that right now,” City Engineer Lamar Rutland said. “We’re just starting our engagement for that, and starting the activation packet. It’s just a beautification project that the community has wanted.”

According to documents from the Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar Metropolitan Planning Organization, the estimated project cost is approximately $1.167 million, with federal funds of $842,000 available to the city. Preliminary engineering costs will be paid by the city.

“It’s an 80/20 cost share,” Rutland said. “We haven’t even done design yet, so that’s a very loose number.”

HPFL-MPO documents also state that organization’s policy committee has approved and adopted the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Plan for the Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar Urbanized Area, and has submitted that plan for inclusion on the State Transportation Improvement Plan. It was advertised for comment utilizing the MPO Public Participation Plan process.

The TIP remains a staged, fiscally constrained, multiyear program of the Hattiesburg Urbanized Area as adopted on September 10, 2018.