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September 22, 2010

Rebecca Strecker, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-3249

Contract Awarded for Route 607 Expansion

NPD Resources Inc., based in Brookhaven, Miss., has been awarded a $12.46 million contract to expand Highway 607 at Stennis Space Center from two lanes to four lanes. The project is expected to take 18 months.

The highway will be expanded to a four-lane divided roadway between Saturn Drive and Texas Flat Road at Stennis Space Center, a distance of about four miles.

The improvement will be made by adding two lanes west of the existing roadway from Saturn Drive to the north security gate at Stennis and adding two lanes east of the existing roadway from the gate to Texas Flat Road. A 30- foot depressed median will separate the four lanes.

The roadway addition is part of a larger project under way to expand state Route 607 to four lanes all the way to I-59. The expanded road not only will provide service to Stennis Space Center but will serve as a valuable hurricane evacuation route for Gulf Coast residents in the future.

"It is important for federal and state agencies to work together," said Kelly Castleberry, District 6 engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. "The Mississippi Department of Transportation and NASA demonstrate this effectively through their cooperation on the various phases of widening Route 607 to four lanes."

MDOT now is in the design phase for the section of roadway from Texas Flat Road to I-59.

NPD Resources is a small, disadvantaged, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone business. The U.S. Small Business Administration established the HUBZone Program to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development to historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones) by providing contracting assistance to small businesses located in these economically distressed communities.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.


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