FEMA gives OK to Main Street project

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is moving forward with its road enhancement project after a federal agency gave the go-ahead Tuesday.
The Main Street Association turned in an application last year to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to request permission to widen two of the bridges between Highway 45 and Veteran’s Boulevard.
The request was to widen the bridges at their current height, instead of elevating the bridge.
FEMA on Tuesday granted a Conditional Letter of Map Revision for the project, according to FEMA spokeswoman Mary Olsen.
Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, announced the approval at the group’s board meeting Tuesday.
“We have a positive conclusion and we’re happy to report it,” she said.
Added Mayor Jack Reed at the meeting, “The wheels of government move so slowly sometimes. Persistence paid off with FEMA.”
The project now goes to Tupelo-based Engineering Solutions Inc. for design.
When done, the three bridges will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, a turn lane and a bike lane and sidewalk in both directions, said Jon Milstead of the Community Development Foundation.
The design will be presented to the City Council before it moves forward.
Milstead said the goal is to let the bid for the project by the end of the year.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com

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