- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - State transportation officials are providing $683,560 to the University of Southern Mississippi for a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus.

Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented the grant check to USM officials Wednesday.

The grant is an 80/20 match - meaning USM will provide about $171,000.

USM President Rodney D. Bennett says in a news release the pathway will provide a safe environment for students as they walk from one part of the campus to another.

USM officials say the pathway will extend about 1,400 feet, linking Scianna Hall and Pride Field. The pedestrian corridor will run along the front entrance to Century Park South - a new residential complex nearing completion.

Construction is expected to begin this fall with an estimated completion timetable of 18 months.

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