WINSTON COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the release of $1.75 million to Winston County to support improvements to 3.1 miles of the Choctaw Lake-Bluff Lake Route.
Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funding as part of the FY2010 appropriations process to improve access and safety for residents and visitors to the region, which includes the Tombigbee National Forest and Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.
At the request of the Winston County Board of Supervisors, Cochran worked to secure $1.5 million for the Choctaw Lake-Bluff Lake Route project. The FHWA added $250,000 to that award.
The project will entail rehabilitating a three-mile stretch of Bluff Lake Road from Mississippi 25 east to Betheden Road. In addition to serving residents and tourists, the road provides access for federal employees to the national forest and wildlife refuge. The project is also intended to make the roadway suitable for commercial timber truck traffic that now uses Louisville and county roads to reach timber processors.