A contract has been awarded for the resurfacing of Columbus Avenue and a section of Pecan Avenue.

The state Department of Transportation awarded the $436,000 mill and overlay contract to APAC of Mississippi.

The project will begin at the intersection of Pecan Avenue and Beacon Street and include Columbus Avenue to the city limits.

Those sections of city streets are part of Mississippi 21 north and are maintained by the state Department of Transportation.

Work is to begin in the very near future and is anticipated to take approximately three weeks.

Rep. C. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, Sen. Giles Ward, R-Louisville, and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said they were pleased that the project is moving forward.

"In working with MDOT, Sen. Ward and Commissioner Hall over the period of the last several months, I'm glad to see this project come to this stage," Bounds said.

"It will be a tremendous improvement to that particular portion of state roadway here in the city of Philadelphia. When completed, it will complement nicely the portion of resurfacing and curb work the city has completed on Pecan Avenue northward to Stribling Street."

Sen. Ward complimented Hall and his staff for their work on the project.

"It pleases me greatly to see this project approved," Ward said. "Commissioner Hall and his staff are to be complimented for recognizing the benefits of this overlay project for the economic and safety of Philadelphians, Neshoba countians and all who travel this route." 

Motorist were urged to use reduced speed, extreme care and caution while traveling through the construction zones for the safety of the workers on the project.