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Petal gets MDOT grant to complete road project

Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King presents a Surface Transportation Program grant to Petal city officials Thursday morning. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King presents a Surface Transportation Program grant to Petal city officials Thursday morning.

A stalled project to extend Byrd Boulevard in Petal is now back on track, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation.

Thursday morning, Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King presented Petal city officials an $840,000 Surface Transportation Program grant. It will be used to build a two-lane extension of Byrd Boulevard north to Old Richton Road. The grant will pay for 80 percent of the project.

The City of Petal will be required to fund the additional 20 percent. Much of that will come from a private family trust.

The project began in 2004, but city officials say it was delayed several times because of various regulations and environmental studies.

"It's a great project and I think it will be an economic boon, another economic development boon for the City of Petal," said King. 

"We've grown a lot out east along the highway, but we'll need to stay here closer to the center of Petal and this will open that up for development," said Hal Marx, mayor of Petal. 

Marx said construction should start in about six months.

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