New entrance to JCJC with Hwy 590 extension open

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2013-10-11 06:58:12

ELLISVILLE –The long anticipated new entrance to the college is now open on Highway 590 in Ellisville. The new 2.5 mile section of Highway 590, which goes over Highway 11, on the south side of the JCJC campus, also extends to Augusta Road with access to Highway 29. JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith said he is proud of the partnerships and the benefits the highway extension brings to the area.
“The Highway 590 project is a result of an excellent partnership over the last several years with the MDOT representatives locally and at the state level, as well as Tanner Construction Company,” said Dr. Smith. “The investment in Jones County's infrastructure will impact more than just the students, faculty and staff who work and go to school at Jones County Junior College. Connecting three major highways in the area will enable Jones County to continue to grow, thrive, and improve safety in the Ellisville area.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by the Mississippi Department of Transportation on September 23, signaling a new way to travel into the college and the city of Ellisville. The MDOT began the $12 million dollar project two years ago to extend Highway 590 making it easier for motorists and trucks to travel in and around Jones County. 
Ellisville mayor, Tim Waldrup said he was excited about the economic prospects. “This extension will provide a new economic corridor for Ellisville and Jones County businesses and industry.”
Looking to the future, Southern District Commissioner, Tom King said he foresees a lot of potential for economic development because of the new roads too. “This road equals economic development, which equals jobs for the area. In ten years we probably won’t recognize this area,” said King. “I’m proud to be a part of this project.”
State representative, Bobby Shows praised the efforts of the Southern District Commissioner for “getting the job done.” He explained planning for this project actually began about a decade ago. Shows credits King for ensuring its completion.

“You can count on Commissioner King for keeping his promise. He came through for us on this project which will divert log trucks from going through Ellisville, easing congestion and road repairs,” said Shows.
Leading the celebration of the completed project with a ribbon cutting were Commissioner King, Representative Shows, Mayor Waldrup, Tanner Construction’s Drew Tanner, Jones County Supervisor and President, Andy Dial, Ellisville Aldermen, Stacey Clark, James Holifield and Frank Williams, MDOT District Engineer, Red Stringfellow, and JCJC President, Dr. Smith. The new route, featuring a 2,000 foot long bridge over Highway 11, was constructed by Tanner Construction Company and officially opened October 10.


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