The Madison County Board of Supervisors has hired Stantec Consulting to create the design of improvements to the intersection at MS463 and Stribling Road to prepare for a new school.
The intersection does not have a traffic light nor turning lanes on MS463 and is already heavily trafficked with the one school, Mannsdale Upper Elementary School, currently located there. The new Mannsdale Sixth Grade School is going to be on that same intersection after its original location adjacent to Germantown Middle School fell through. It is expected to open in 2023 causing increased concern.
“It’s an impossible situation for traffic already,” District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter said. “With two schools there on a two lane state road, it’s hard to even say what the impact will be if this intersection isn’t completed by the time the school is open.”
Stantec engineer and senior associate Brad Engels said the design process will hopefully be completed within a year. The design will include a traffic signal and turn lanes on MS463. The intersection is currently a three-way but will become a four-way intersection with the west end becoming the additional leg for the new school.
“Those are needed to help move traffic through that intersection,” Engels said.
Once the design process is complete, construction can begin. Stantec was hired to do the design job without exceeding $282,000, but the overall total cost of the project will be upwards of $4 million, Engels said.
Baxter said while it really is a state and school district project because the state owns the highway, the county agreed to engineer the intersection to get the ball rolling. Currently, he said the county has received $750,000 from the state to start the project.