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Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

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A stretch of Mississippi 16 that leads to the band's Silver Star Resort and Casino will be widened to four lanes, says Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. Bids and construction on the $4.5 million project that covers 1.7 miles of the road should begin in 2002, Hall said. The announcement comes a month after a deal between the state and the band fell through. "With the help of our legislative delegation (congressional) and the tribe, we have prevailed upon the Federal Highway Administration to open up that 80-20 money one more time,'' Hall said. Under the agreement, federal money will pay 80 percent of the project. The state will pay 20 percent. Currently, about 16,000 cars a day travel two-lane Mississippi 16 in front of the casino, Hall said.

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