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Old Fannin widening project begins

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The widening of Old Fannin road in Rankin County is now underway between Flowood and Spillway Road. The section is almost three miles long.

It was widened in 2003 to 2005, from two to three lanes but that was quickly determined to not be enough. 

Sixteen shovels broke the earth on the property of the contractor, Southern Rock, LLC of Flowood to get the $11.7 million project rolling.  The project is vital to Rankin County and the estimated 22,000 people who live around the reservoir and need to get to Jackson.   

District supervisor Wood Brown of Rankin County hopes to keep at least two lanes of the road open during construction.  

"…And would encourage those that maybe use Old Fannin Road to start considering another alternate route because for some time Old Fannin Road will probably be closed," said Brown. "Hopefully not, because I think they will work on one lane at the time, so that leaves two lanes because we will use the turn lane for a traffic lane. Bert, I think we will have at least four control lights on Old Fannin Road, maybe five." 

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall participated in the groundbreaking. 

"We are involved because it's got federal funds in it. When federal funds come to a project like this you route them through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. So, we have to approve everything in the plan," said Hall. 

The construction will certainly affect the Farmer's Market on Old Fannin Road, which is owned by Jim Hunt.

"The last time they closed it, it hurt. Maybe with two lanes open, they do what they say, well it won't affect us like it did the last time," said Hunt.  

We asked the contractor, Southern Rock, LLC, if the project could be completed in less than 600 days.  The answer was if the weather cooperates.    

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