SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

Paul Swindol / Special to the MBJ – The approximately $90-million State Route 9 four-laning/improvement project was in the works before Toyota ever committed to building its plant at Blue Springs.

At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs.

However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi.

The project is expected to not only serve Toyota, but also serve other industries in the area, and, just as important, enhance public safety.

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