BOONEVILLE – Opening access to the new Highway 30 bypass around Booneville brings new development opportunities to the city and county.
A ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Highway 145 interchange with Highway 30 to mark the occasion. The location in the event of rain is the West Side Community Center in Booneville.
Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagart will be on hand for the ceremony, which opens up an eight-mile southern bypass of Booneville that connects with existing Highway 30 east and Highway 364.
“Any addition to our local infrastructure highways opens up a lot of property for commercial development,” said Mayor Joe Eaton, who also is a board member of the Prentiss County Development Association. “Locally, it makes commuting from the east side of the county so much more efficient for people traveling to areas south. We also have a tremendous amount of truck traffic that hauls limestone rock through Booneville, and this will relieve a lot of pressure on our local roads.”
The $54 million project includes overpass interchanges, at-grade intersections and an extension of Highway 364 across Highway 30 to the new bypass.
When the four-year construction project began, several businesses and mobile home residences were disrupted, but the overall economic benefit is expected to be positive.
“It gives us a kind of beltway around Booneville,” Eaton said. “Former Mayor Wade Lambert was very instrumental in getting this project started, and we want to get the portion of the bypass that’s inside the city limits named in his honor, which we’ll need to get the Legislature to pass.”
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