Kiln MS: Local leaders oppose Hwy 43 bypass

By The Associated Press

KILN, Miss. (AP) — A proposal to make Mississippi Highway 43 a limited-access, four-lane thoroughfare, connecting Interstate 10 just south of Kiln with Interstate 59 near Picayune and Carriere is facing opposition.

Merchants say the proposal, if approved, would kill Kiln stone dead.

What the Mississippi Department of Transportation wants is a straight shot from the Gulf Coast that could be used as another hurricane evacuation route northward. The bypass would run up near Mississippi Highway 603 and connect with Highway 43 to Picayune and on to I-59.

Local leaders say Kiln will be bypassed and an exit would be miles away for motorists who wanted to stop.

The proposed project is estimated to cost $35 million. MDOT says no final decision has been made.

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