Federal funding has finally been secured to help widen a major, East Mississippi highway connecting Meridian and Philadelphia.
On Thursday, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the award of a $25 million dollar grant to widen Mississippi Highway 19 to four lanes.
The entire, four-lane widening project will cost about $40 million and will help improve economic development in both Lauderdale and Neshoba Counties.
The grant is part of an overall $38 million dollar BUILD grant awarded to the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The remaining $13 million was awarded to DeSoto County to help repair roads and bridges there.