County officials said Thursday they hope to see completion of the "Boulevard Project" by the beginning of the year, which is expected to greatly improve safety at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

"This is going to be great for everyone," county engineer John Bond said.

The road, which connects Wire Road West to Hwy. 49, has been in the works for the past decade, Bond said.

The total cost of the project is about $6.4 million which has come from a combination of college and state funds.

"There have been many trips to Jackson and talks with MDOT about the project," Bond said.

Work began on the road last August.

"This will greatly improve safety," Bond said. "School buses will not have to travel across the railroad tracks and it will divert heavier traffic from going directly through the campus. Aesthetically, it will be nice for the college to have a grand entrance."

The final steps of the project include paving, striping, and any final punch list items, he said.

In an unrelated project, supervisors are set to receive bids on the East McHenry Road project on Dec. 5.

The project will include repairs to about three miles of the road.

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