Groundbreaking For New Statesman Boulevard Wednesday

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Delta State University may need its own Department of Transportation soon, The University is getting into the traffic planning business by breaking ground for a new entrance that should improve game day experiences for visitors attending sporting events starting this fall. Ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Dorgan Center on campus for the start of construction on the new “Statesman Boulevard” which will create a new and improved entrance for the university’s athletic facilities north of Highway 8 and west of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Construction will also include improvement of streets around and in front of the football stadium, new sidewalks and street lighting installation, and the construction of new storm drainage piping and fencing. The new routing will stop fans from needing to drive through nearby residential neighborhoods or cut through campus by the Coliseum. MDOT says it’s also a safety issue. Students and fans walking and driving to the athletic venues will no longer have to maneuver in high volume traffic between parked cars alongside residences. Funding for this project was made possible in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Additionally, there will be a 20 percent local match from Delta State and the City of Cleveland.



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