Officials break ground Pearl-Richland Intermodal Connector

Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons joined Pearl Mayor Jake Windham and Richland Mayor Pat Sullivan to break ground on the first phase of the Pearl-Richland Intermodal Connector project today.

The project will extend Adkins Drive to State Route 468 and upgrade the signal at South Pearson and SR 468. The work includes water and sewer relocation.

“This is the type of project that, once complete, will have a positive impact on these communities for generations to come,” said Simmons. “It will improve safety conditions, for both motorists and first responders during emergencies, as well as provide a more convenient, sustainable, and enjoyable travel experience.”

The project is the first phase of larger bridge construction over the railroad on South Pearson. The $2.15 million projects was awarded to Hemphill Construction with a projected completion date of spring 2022.

“This is a three-tier partnership between the state, cities, and consultant,” said Jeffrey C. Altman, P.E., Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Acting Executive Director. “All three pulling their weight is what it takes to have a project like this come to fruition.”

The project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration and appropriated by MDOT with a local match. Stay updated on active construction and maintenance projects at, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed, and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient, and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit

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