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Long-term metro Jackson transportation plan unveiled

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Long-term plans are in place to improve how you get in and around the Jackson metro area.  

Officials from the "Central Mississippi Planning and Development District" and members of the "Metropolitan Planning Organization" unveiled the "2035 Jackson Urbanized Transportation Plan."

That's a mouthful to describe a three phase proposal slated to improve local highways, streets, regional transit, bike paths and road safety by 2035.

"Metropolitan Planning Organization" members say the public has made it clear they would like to see more interconnected bike paths linking surrounding communities.

"We would love to see the entire Metropolitan area connected whether I decide or one of our citizens from Ridgeland would like to ride into Jackson or somewhere to Pelahatchie or Brandon that they could safely do that," said Ridgeland Mayor and MPO member Gene McGee.

The transportation plan is divided into three phases.

Phase one is from 2011 through 2015, phase two is from 2016 through 2025, and phase three is from 2026 through 2035.

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