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Agency: 'Political pressure' drives $2M road to Reeves' home

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's road-building agency says "political pressure" is why it's building a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives.

Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath tells the Clarion Ledger her department wouldn't otherwise be constructing the frontage road in suburban Rankin County.

McGrath wouldn't say who was pressuring her other than to say "the Senate side."

Records show Reeves' staff and neighborhood property owners communicated with the department about the road.

Reeves declined to be interviewed. A spokeswoman for the lieutenant governor says the city of Flowood and the state negotiated the project.

Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads says he knows of no pressure from Reeves to build the road. But records show the homeowners association opposed a cheaper option Flowood once supported.

Information from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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