Public Gets Chance to Speak

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It has been almost three years since it was proposed, but work has yet to begin on a proposed interstate interchange for Meridian's new industrial park.

The interchange has been embroiled in controversy, with some not liking where it will be and others not wanting to spend the money on the interchange at all.

But it appears things might finally be moving along. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Tuesday, Mar. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Emepa Auditorium on Highway 39 in Meridian.

Some people say they hope that will be the first step in finally getting the interchange built.

"We understand the issues that need to be dealt with and the things that need to be handled, but we're just ready now to see something move forward," said Craig Hitt, county supervisor for District 3.

Officials estimate the interchange will cost between $10 million and $14 million to construct. MDOT says contrary to popular belief, an exact site for it has not yet been decided.