Video: Russell Street Work Slated for Next Year

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) — Work to expand a major Starkville connector street to link downtown and Mississippi State could begin by this time next year.

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert told Starkville business leaders today the state hopes to award the contract by late this year to improve intersections and add traffic and turn lanes, sidewalks and bike paths to Russell Street between Highway 12 to Lampkin Street.

The $800,000 project also will serve the Cotton Mill conference center, hotel and retail complex under construction on Russell at Mill Street.

” We are going to take it and make it much more of the access better and make the capacity and improve the capacity for the project and make it much more pedestrian friendly. It’s a project that of course fuses the city and the university together so you have a lot of pedestrian traffic and a lot of safety concerns related to it,” Tagert said during the Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s monthly “Power Breakfast.”

Federal dollars are paying for most of the project which should be completed by the fall of 2016.

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