Ribbon cutting Friday for local highway project

– A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday afternoon to mark the completion of a major project on Highway 24.

Crews have finished widening a 6.2 mile section of road from two lanes to four, which stretches from Cooper to Highway 19. The three year project was initiated by the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Council (NETMOB).

Congressman Ralf Hall, Representative for District Two Bob Deuell and District Three Representative Mark Homer will be on hand to speak at the event. Judges and commissioners from Lamar, Delta and Hunt Counties will also be in attendance.

The ribbon cutting begins at 1:00 p.m. at the location site, about six miles north of Cooper on Highway 24.

A 17 mile stretch of two-lane road remains on Highway 24 between Commerce and Cooper. The Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority (SURRMA) is currently working to obtain funds to expand the thoroughfare to four lanes.