State funding expected to accelerate connector road project

State funding expected to accelerate connector road project

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A $10.2 million pledge from Gov. Phil Bryant will help Jackson County complete a long-awaited road project.

Bryant pledged the funds, which will come from BP oil spill recovery money, earlier this month. The money will go toward constructing a five-lane road that will connect Jackson County to D'Iberville.

Supervisor Troy Ross said the connector road will tie Mallette Road in D'Iberville into Seaman Road in Jackson County. Ross estimates the project will cost about $22 million to complete. He said leaders already budgeted about $9 million for the project.

The county has already purchased the right of ways for the east-west connector road. Ross said additional funding from the state will help the county accelerate the work.

"It's a great example of the state and local governments working together," said Ross. "The project will create more revenue for Jackson County in the form of local business."

Ross hopes to see construction of the project begin by the end of 2016. He says if that happens, the road could be completed by early 2018.

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