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Federal funding for Starkville road project


Good roads have been a fundamental part of economic development since the first farmers took their products to market. Today, transportation infrastructure remains one of the key selling points communities use when marketing themselves to new businesses and residents, and in the case of college towns, students and faculty.

Funding for a new road project in Starkville came into focus this week during a roundtable discussion of city, county and university leaders, according to The Commercial Dispatch. Staff writer Tim Pratt tells readers:

The U.S. Senate's pending vote on the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2011 will have a direct impact on transportation in the city of Starkville.

Included in the $1.1 trillion bill is a request for $850,000 to repave Airport Road and build a new access road from Highway 25 to George M. Bryan Field. The access road would begin across from the entrance to Cornerstone Industrial Park on Highway 25 and end on the west side of George Bryan Field, more than 200 yards away.

“We're hoping this will pass," Mississippi State President Dr. Mark Keenum said…

Starkville’s airport, roadways and location are important economic development assets, and it’s good to read the news about the possibility of enhancing all three.

UPDATE, 12/17/10 — The omnibus spending bill was abandoned Thursday night after Democratic leaders in the Senate conceded that they could not overcome Republican opposition and a filibuster. The Washington Post reports that a slimmed-down resolution that would fund the federal government mostly at current levels will come before the Senate, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said it would pass by Saturday.

The future of local funding requests contained in the omnibus bill is unclear.

Additional details are available in today's edition of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


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