FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) – The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward into a partnership with the Southern Mississipi Planning and Development District to improve road assessments.
“The South Mississippi Planning and Development has a new division where they assist us with our road maintenance grading and actually create a video that we can pull up wherever we are and look at a road if a resident calls us with a concern,” said Board President David Hogan after Monday’s meeting.
Business Outreach Division Director Kristyn Gunter with SMPDD said the project is a partnership with the Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar metropolitan planning organization.
“In the assessment, we drive all of the roads within the jurisdiction,” said Gunter. “We rank the roads and collect video as we ride through the roads, and then, that comes together in a plan and a website that allows the jurisdiction to determine their scope and scale of their road issues and to help them with some budgetary planning items.”
Gunter said Forrest County’s portion is approximately $45,000 for the roughly 856 miles in the jurisdiction.