Work to raise Chemin Graveline is in progress; Road diversions in place

Gautier, Miss. (WLOX) – Long-awaited work to raise part of Graveline Road near the train tracks begins this week in eastern Gautier.

The construction area is a 600 foot strip of road north of the train tracks and south of De La Pointe Drive. When completed, the causeway will be raised three feet from its lowest point.

Starting Monday, June 13, traffic will be detoured via Old Spanish Trail or Ladnier Road. During a high tide, Old Spanish Trail will likely be underwater, leaving Ladnier Road as the only detour route.

“Jackson County is pleased to partner with the City of Gautier to address this serious drainage issue on Graveline Road,” said District 3 Supervisor Ken Taylor. “Our citizens deserve to be able to get out of their homes safely in the event of severe flooding, and this improvement will provide that.”

“It’s a wonderful partnership of power and working together for the betterment of the citizens of Gautier and Jackson County,” said Mayor Casey Vaughan. “This project has been a top priority to help citizens have more than one way out during a high tide for decades. It is very important that this be completed prior to the LaMotte Bayou Bridge project on Graveline Road, as this will be the only exit route from this area while the new bridge is being constructed.

City officials say the road upgrade will benefit citizens, tourists visiting Shepard State Park, and first responders who must deploy barricades and respond to emergency calls from flooded vehicles during high tide.

The project should be finished in about 30 days, depending on the weather.

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