Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall presented Co-Lin with a $1 million federal grant through the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) at a groundbreaking ceremony held recently on the college's Wesson Campus.
The TAP program works with local public agencies such as municipalities and community college districts to construct, plan and design facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation.
A pedestrian corridor will be constructed on the Wesson Campus that will upgrade and re-establish walking access to the historic sections of the campus. The project will make several health, fitness and recreational areas and activities on campus safe and easily accessible to the citizens of the Town of Wesson and to the college population. This includes pedestrian walkways, landscaping and connectivity to the city through existing pedestrian walkways and paths.
"We are very grateful to MDOT and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall for recognizing the value of this project at Co-Lin. It will transform our campus and have a positive and lasting impact on generations of students at Co-Lin," said Dr. Ronnie Nettles, President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. "This project will complete our plan to move vehicle parking to the outer areas of campus and will allow the center of our campus to become a safe and accessible area for students."
"We are pleased to be a part of a project that is a key component in creating safe and easy pedestrian access from Wesson to the center of campus," said Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. "This will be an invaluable investment for Co-Lin students and citizens of the Town of Wesson for years to come."