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Road projects receiving federal funds

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Nine highway projects in Mississippi and Missouri will receive $9.4 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s Delta Region Transportation Development Program (DRTDP).

Created in 2005 as a provision of the “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users,” the program provides up to $10 million each year for highway projects in the eight states comprising the Delta Region –Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Mississippi projects receiving DRTDP funds this year include:

• Greenwood – $1.425 million to help a build new connector between U.S. Highways 49/82 and Mississippi 7, which will improve access to downtown Greenwood, local hospital and schools.

• Hinds County – $1.425 million to replace pavement on Siwell Road, which will extend the useful life of this segment of road, a key link in the 18-mile-long corridor connecting the Norrell Road Interchange on I-20 to the Byram-Clinton Multimodal Corridor on I-55.

• Cleveland – $950,000 to help build a new boulevard connecting Mississippi 8 to Delta State University, relieving traffic in adjacent neighborhoods.

• Natchez – $607,623 to help build two miles of shared-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists along St. Catherine Street, Main Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and Franklin Street. This project will also widen nearby sidewalks and install curb-ramps for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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