Hall: Work could start next
year on industrial park exit

By By Terry R. Cassreino / assistant managing editor
July 11, 2004
Officials could choose a location by the end of the year for an interchange on Interstate 20/59 to serve the Meridian/Lauderdale County I-20/59 Industrial Park.
Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said if that happens actual construction on the project could start by summer 2005 with work on the exit finished by fall 2006.
Hall, one of three elected commissioners who oversee the Mississippi Department of Transportation, said the city of Meridian will continue to administer the interchange project.
Business leaders and elected officials say a new exit is needed between U.S. 45 and Bonita Lakes to help develop the industrial park and, in turn, lure new business and industry to East Mississippi.
Hall's comments came months after MDOT and city officials learned that the Federal Highway Administration will not fund an environmental study of the proposed interchange sites.
Officials had expected the FHWA to fund the study. The FHWA said it won't because they never received a copy of the contract between the city and its engineering firm, Engineering Associates before work began.
Hall took the blame last month, saying MDOT didn't submit the contract as required. In an interview with The Meridian Star editorial board last week, Hall repeated the mishap was MDOT's fault.
MDOT will pay for the study.

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