Construction of Evelyn Gandy extension in Petal nears halfway mark

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Construction of the eastbound lanes of the Evelyn Gandy extension in Petal is nearly complete and work is getting underway on the westbound lanes.

The project began in December of 2011 and the expected completion date is late 2012. When completed the parkway will have been extended about three miles from Central Avenue to Macedonia road. The work involves widening the roadway from two lanes to four lanes and the installation of new traffic signals. When completed it will help to alleviate a lot of the congestion in that area especially in the area of Petal High School.

I think it's going to improve things immensely. Your probably won't see as many accidents. Of course people will be able to back and forth through town a lot easier and quicker," said Hal Marx, Mayor of Petal. "I think it will lead to a lot of commercial development out there and obviously ease the school traffic situation."

A new traffic signal has been installed at Herington road and the parkway but will not be utilized until the entire project is nearly complete.

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