By NEMS Daily Journal
The Mississippi Department of Transportation formally begins construction of the new Mississippi Highway 9 at 10 a.m. Thursday with a public groundbreaking near the Endville General Store.
Congressional, state, regional, county and private-sector leaders, headed by Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert and, it is planned, Gov. Haley Barbour, lead the list of dignitaries at the site just off Highway 9.
Dirt work on the $87.5 million, 10-mile, four-lane limited access highway started July 5, with Eutaw Construction of Aberdeen the lead contractor.
Tagert said in late July that dry weather and an aggressive schedule have led to striking progress.
Tagert said in a prepared statement from MDOT that meeting economic development needs is a key component to transportation improvement projects.
“The new four-lane section of roadway will make the route safer for the traveling public and allow the road to accommodate increased truck traffic,” Tagert said. “The project will improve access to the new Toyota manufacturing facility in Blue Springs and be an asset for attracting new private investment to the region.”
Roadway improvements will begin at the interchange of Highway 9 and U.S. 278/Highway 6 near Pontotoc and will proceed on a new route – east of the existing highway – reconnecting near Sherman, according to MDOT engineers.
Endville Road, a busy commuter route, will have an interchange, with grade separations at Dozier Hill Road and Eads Creek Road.
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THE GROUNDBREAKING at the Endville General Store is just off the existing Highway 9 in Pontotoc County. The precise address is Eutaw Construction Co.’s lot at 2993 Dozier Hill Road. The site has a Belden postal address but is in Pontotoc County. For more information about the ceremony, contact (662) 680-3323.