Construction will soon begin on extending the four-lane on Mississippi 63 in George County north to Leakesville. The new construction is part of the 1987 Four-Lane Program passed by the Mississippi Legislature.
When completed, the Mississippi 63 work will result in a four-lane highway that will run from Pascagoula on the Gulf Coast to the Tennessee state line on the state's northern border.
A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday signaled the beginning of construction on the 17-mile stretch. Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown said the original plan for the program did not include George and Greene counties.
The contract for the extension was awarded to Eutaw Construction Co. of Aberdeen at a cost of about $28.5 million, Brown said.
Completion of the state's Four-Lane Program is expected in 2008, he said.