A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning to introduce phase one of the Reunion Parkway Project in Madison.
The $100 million project will link the east side of the city to the west side. Reunion Parkway will connect with Interstate 55, Highway 51, and Bozeman Road, which will alleviate traffic issues faced by residents while also boosting economic interest in the area.
Officials from the federal level, including U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith as well as Congressman Michael Guest, down to the local level were in attendance at the ceremony. Leaders from all tiers of government worked in collaboration with one another to secure funding for the project.
“It takes cooperation and coordination between our federal delegation, our state, our local elected officials, our city and county officials, and sometimes our regional officials as well because this is a road project. The Mississippi Department of Transportation played an integral role in getting this done as well,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. “It just shows the kind of cooperation we have in our state. There’s a reason Mississippi has momentum right now. It’s because we have a team that has camaraderie and is working together.”
According to MDOT Commissioner Willie Simmons, phase one of the project will cost roughly $100 million to complete.
No specific timetable has been set for the Reunion Parkway expansion to be completed.