Holly Springs funding

Barriers set up due to flooding on the road kept traffic on Holly Springs Road from getting much past the Catfish Country restaurant back in February. County officials are seeking funding to help a project for the roadway.  

For years, the residents living along flood-prone Holly Springs Road have had to contend with frequent flooding and erosion of the roadway during high-water events.

Tracy Huffman with Waggoner Engineering told the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors on Monday that the firm on DeSoto County's behalf has submitted the paperwork for the 2018 BUILD Discretionary Grant that could assist with a major portion of funding for the approximately $30 million project.

The $30 million cost includes funds to replace five functionally obsolete and deteriorating bridges and removal of a hairpin curve in an area which floods continually.

Under the proposed funding mechanism, DeSoto County Government would contribute $15 million, the Surface Transportation Priority Funding Account would generate $2.3 million, with the BUILD Grant supplying more than $13 million.

The grant is being submitted to the United States Department of Transportation.

DeSoto County officials are eager to discuss the long-awaited project with federal transportation officials.

Huffman, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and an array of dignitaries are slated to meet with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao when she is invited to help cut the ribbon for the nation's newest super highway, Interstate 269, which is tentatively slated for late September or early October.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252

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