Petal sees Gandy as road to boomtown

Years in the works, the Evelyn Gandy Parkway has officially opened. The first phase from Interstate 59 to Highway 11 is now up and running, with phase two expected to follow close behind.

The parkway opens a new route to the Friendly City — one that doesn't cross railroad tracks. The parkway is now the quickest route to I-59 from Petal, and is expected to spark a boom in business for the city.

The next phase will extend from Highway 11 to the Petal wal-mart. Mayor Carl Scott says there are already businesses interested in the development.

While the project has taken longer than anticipated, the next phase is expected to be completed at the end of this year or early next year.