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Reynolds Authors Resolution To Designate Hwy. 7 As Federal Road

A resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to designate Mississippi Highway 7 as a federal highway was approved by the Mississippi House of Representatives on May 27 during a legislative special session.

Rep. Tommy Reynolds of House District 33, who authored the resolution, said such a designation would be helpful to the economic development of North Mississippi. The resolution calls on Congress to designate as a federal highway–the section of Highway 7 from its intersection with Interstate 55 in Grenada County north to its intersection with  Highway 6 in Lafayette County, or even to the intersection of U.S. Highway 78 in Marshall County with Mississippi Highway 7.

Appropriate action by the United States Congress, including any necessary legislation to designate the aforesaid portion of Mississippi Highway 7 as a federal highway, would assist the four-laning of this vital artery and would enhance the economic development of Yalobusha, Grenada, Lafayette and Marshall counties,” Rep. Reynolds said, “as well as the other citizens of North-Central and Northeast Mississippi.”

He pointed out that the federal designation of this route would provide a shorter and more direct route between Interstate 55 and North-Central Mississippi, thus promoting the growth of the area.

The benefit to be realized from a federal designation coupled with the upgrades and improvements are wide-ranging in scope, Reynolds said, and would stimulate the structure of economic growth in the area, boosting interstate travel and fostering substantial fuel savings by public motorists.

This action would be a tremendous boost to our area,” Reynolds said, “and we hope Congress will agree with us.”

–Contact: Rep. Reynolds at 601-359-3365,662-647-3203 or cell at 662-417-0570.

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