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Diamondhead projects moving forward

The City of Diamondhead has more than $2.2 million worth of projects under way to improve the city’s recreational assets, drainage and economic development. Here’s a look at the projects and their progress:

The half-mile City Hall Exercise Fitness Trail should be completed by the end of April. Officials say the trail is centrally located for the convenience of residents. The total project cost is $120,000 with $96,000 in grants from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and a local match of $24,000 from the city. A portion of the city’s match will be used to purchase trash receptacles and benches.

Final plans for the Safe Routes to Schools project are set to be completed this month.

The route will be a 5-foot sidewalk from along the east side of Golf Club Drive from Diamondhead Drive East to the south entrance of the Diamondhead Country Club.  It will include four covered school bus shelters with bike racks. The project is funded through a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation and a $60,000 local match.

Design work is under way on the city’s roundabout at Diamondhead Drive East and Golf Club Drive. Construction will begin next year. The goal is to ease traffic flow at one of the busiest intersections in the city. Diamondhead received a $200,000 grant from the Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Alternative Program through Gulf Regional Planning Commission. The city will provide a $50,000 local match.

The city accepted bids April 27 for the proposed Bayou Drive and Vaught Circle kayak launches. Construction is expected to begin mid-May with the completion set for August. The Vaught Circle launch is being constructed now and will increase access to waterways, trails and boardwalks. The project is being funded through a Tidelands grant of $369,750.

City officials are expecting a $102,333 Tidelands Grant from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to assist with improvements on Montjoy Creek at Devil’s Elbow.

City officials say an interstate high mast lighting project will be funded by the state Department of Transportation in the amount of $400,000 with a $100,000 match. The project will improve the interchange and include acceleration lanes, deceleration lanes and ramp terminals. Work should be complete by the fall.


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