The timeline for paving of U.S. Highway 72 through Corinth has shifted to a summer start date.

According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, a project was let last month for milling and overlay of approximately 7.5 miles of the highway from Highway 2 on the west side to the end of the five-lane section. The project also includes the section of Cass Street that is state-maintained as well as technology improvements for signals at the highway intersections.

APAC was the only bidder for the work at $6.779 million. The job was expected to be awarded pending approval by the transportation commission on Tuesday.

According to the district maintenance engineer, the project is anticipated to begin in early summer, depending on contractor work load.

The project includes signal controller and communication upgrades to enhance the interconnectivity of the signals between Norman Road and Harper Road. The result will be more responsive signalization on a stretch of highway that often sees large traffic backups at intersections.

Mayor Tommy Irwin is excited to see the project coming. He said many citizens have expressed concern about the need for highway resurfacing.

Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell acknowledged the need for paving during an August visit to the city.

“I have heard from your mayors, supervisors, state representatives and senators,” he said. “They have been coming to me for a while asking that issued with 72 be fixed. And I can promise you – it’s coming.”

At that time, he said MDOT is also looking at a future fix for the bumpy ride on Highway 72 between Iuka and the Alabama state line.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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