The Byram-Clinton/Norrell Corridor has progressed through several phases of planning and construction, since its conception in 1988. The project was conceived through a planning initiative by the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development (now the Mississippi Development Authority) as a multi-modal transportation corridor designed to enhance both economic development and energy efficiency. The project continued to develop through the 1990's with construction completion on the initial two segments of the Corridor. Segment 5, consisting of approximately 2.6 miles along Siwell Road, the anticipated southern terminus of the Corridor, was completed in 1992 at a cost of approximately $6.0 million. Segment 1, the Norrell Road Interchange at Interstate 20, the northern terminus of the Corridor, was completed in the summer of 2003 at a cost of approximately $5.0 million.
An appropriation in fiscal year 2002 through the National Corridor Planning and Development Program helped to fund the route location and environmental due diligence as the first significant efforts toward implementation of further project segments. As the outcome of this planning effort, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a route for the Corridor in April 2006, and the Finding of No significant Impact (FONSI) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in May of that same year.