You might think that with
the decline in population in Harrison County that traffic on
our major highways would also be on the decline. That hasn't
happened and that's why the state Department of Transportation
is holding public meetings to help come up with some
A Charleston consulting
firm has been retained to examine the county's census data,
employment data and current traffic conditions. The firm will
focus primarily on U.S. Route 50, U.S. Route 19 and access to
United Hospital Center.
The reason we have so much
traffic today is two-fold: There are more and more shoppers
coming to Eastpointe and New Point from outside the county,
and there are more and more people who work in Harrison County
but live elsewhere.
The last traffic study for
Harrison County was done more than 30 years ago, long before
the Meadowbrook Mall and other shopping centers opened, and
before the FBI complex opened.
Once completed, the
current study will provide a 20-year plan for the county's
"We really need ot look at
the area as a whole and how one project relates to another,"
said Richard Warner of the DOT. "If you don't have a study
like this, it's veryu difficult to make wise investment
decisions for transporation dollars."
A publc hearing is
scheduled for tonight at the Lincoln High School cafeteria
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can also get information on
the study on-line at: www.harrisontrans.org.
This is an important
issue, one that will have a long-term impact on not only
Harrison County residents, but anyone who works here or shops
here. Get involved.