bill includes Hwy. 78 upgrades
transportation bill that includes funds for major highway
projects in north Mississippi won overwhelming approval
in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, U.S. Rep.
Roger Wicker said.
The money is
contained in the reauthorization of the Transportation
Equity Act, a measure first enacted in 1998. The package
is designed to modernize the nations transportation
system, reduce highway fatalities, ease congestion, and
boost economic development. The bill also allocates money
from the Highway Trust Fund to the 50 states for existing
projects and new transportation initiatives. This
legislation would cover a term of six years.
pleased we were able to provide resources to continue
work on projects that will make travel safer and create
more job opportunities in north Mississippi, Rep.
member of the Appropriations Committee, said he expected
to secure additional highway funds for Mississippi this
year during the regular appropriations process.
Mississippi projects include:
million for upgrades along U.S. Highway 78 to
help bring the roadway to interstate standards.
The highway was designated future Interstate 22
in legislation passed in 2003 and will officially
become I-22 when it is linked to Interstate 65 in
Alabama. Improvements include
widening shoulders and exits in some areas,
installing medians and fencing.
million for work on Starlanding Road in DeSoto
County. The project includes construction of six
miles of roadway at the new Interstate 55
interchange connecting Getwell Road to the east
and Tulane Road to the west.
new Interstate 69, which will run through
northwest Mississippi, has been designated to be
part of the national highway system and is
eligible for additional money in the
authorization. Specific funding levels will be
determined when the House and Senate bills are
reconciled in a conference committee later this
year. Rep. Wicker said Transportation Committee
Chairman Don Young expressed strong support for
I-69 when Young visited Memphis and toured
portions of the future highway route last year.
million for construction on Highway 45 Bypass in
Columbus. The work would ease congestion along a
6.9 mile stretch that currently handles 27,000
vehicles per day, and that number is projected to
rise to 42,000 by 2020.
million to continue four-laning Highway 6 between
Pontotoc and Tupelo. When completed, the project
will provide an important four-lane link from
Batesville to Tupelo to the Alabama state line.
Steward, in Wickers Tupelo office, said the Senate
is working through its bill and is expected to follow
is one of the bills that is of high priority for every
member of Congress, Steward said. It will
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