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Key recovery project underway

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Washington Street Project, seen as a major component of Bay St. Louis’ Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, has begun. The $3-million initiative was funded by Mississippi’s federally-sourced Katrina recovery program.

This project will widen traffic lanes, enclose ditches, add curbs and gutters, construct handicap-compliant four-foot wide sidewalks, improve the drainage system and install new roadway signage, landscaping and streetscape amenities including lighting. The initiative will complement other Ground Zero hurricane recovery plans in the city, including projects aimed at restoring Bay St. Louis as a regional destination.

The project is funded by the more than $5 billion in federal funding for Mississippi’s overall Katrina recovery. Barbour set aside $200 million for Hancock County’s long-term recovery needs in late 2008. Today, Ground Zero has 37 locally conceived, locally prioritized projects underway, including Washington Street.

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