Madison County is progressing in its efforts to secure up to $25 million in federal funding for Reunion Parkway II.
Tommy Cardin, a representative from Butler Snow law firm, who is assisting the county with its BUILD grant application, spoke to the board of supervisors last week about where the application stands.
“We anticipate coming to you at the next board meeting on May 4 with an application that is completed substantially at that time,” Cardin said. “That is our goal and that is what we are working toward.”
At that time, Cardin said they will also have a recommendation for how much the county should ask for in funding for Reunion Parkway II.
Last year, the 2019 BUILD grant application submitted by the county requested $17 million for the project. The cap on the applications for funding is $25 million.
This year, Cardin said they are looking at an amount somewhere between $17 million and $25 million.
“Right now, we are not sure what we will come back to you with as far as recommendations,” Cardin said.
The application deadline is set for May 18.
“We anticipate filing a week earlier than that. That’s our goal,” Cardin said. “We were encouraged to do that when we met with the administrator from the Federal Highway Administration.”
Since Cardin last updated the board on the BUILD grant application in March, he said he and his team and members of the engineering team have been gathering data for the economic competitiveness, or economic development, portion of the application.
They have also been working to line up letters of support, which are needed for the application as well.
“We have also been in contact with officials at MDOT about the project,” Cardin said. He anticipates that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will offer the same level of support during the BUILD grant application process as they did the previous year.
Cardin said they have also been in contact with various federal officials. “We are continuing to work with them on briefing them on the application and continuing to seek support from them,” he said.
“It is very important for the county that we have this bridge and interchange to help the county continue to move forward in the economic development arena and moving traffic,” District Three Supervisor Gerald Steen said of the project.