Highway 19 Project Benefits from Stimulus

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Several months after the federal economic stimulus passed Congress, the first funds are beginning to trickle into east Mississippi.

Some of it is going to major road construction projects, like Highway 19 north of Collinsville.

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials say $50 million of that money will go to work on phase two of the project.

"We don't receive it until we actually finish the work, so work is in progress. So that's what we are doing right now," said Bobby Little, marketing director for Eutaw Construction which was awarded the bid.

Work has been underway on phase two since April. Little said it's one of the first MDOT projects funded by stimulus money. He says about 70 workers are busy clearing the land, prepping for the four-laning.

"We're going to build 7.5 miles of roadwork, which includes building a separate two-lane road and then resurfacing the existing two-lane and also we will be moving around 2 million yards of dirt," Little said.

The second phase will stretch roughly from the Newton County line to the House community. Phase one, from Collinsville to Newton County, is already underway and another company is overseeing that project. Phase three would go from House to Philadelphia.

Phase Two is expected to be completed by February 2012.

Do you think the 4-laning of Highway 19 from Meridian to Philadelphia will directly benefit you?

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