Construction is underway to extend Rice Road from U.S. 51 so it circles into the parking lot at the new Ridgeland City Hall.
“It will be the northern entrance into City Hall,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee.
Currently, the only entrance to City Hall is off School Street.
The construction will also open about eight acres between the Rice Road extension and Old Town Crossing for future development, McGee said.
In the future, the city plans to determine the acreage it does not need and sell it to a private developer, who might choose to build a commercial or retail site, he said.
Hemphill Construction is handling the project, which is just under $2 million. The road extension will include two lanes of traffic and a multi-use trail and should be completed by the end of the year.
The city of Ridgeland settled into its new City Hall earlier this year. The $10 million project was handled without an increase in taxes.
Located at the corner of Mississippi 51 and West School Street, the City Hall is the first building to be constructed in the area fittingly known as City Center.
The location adheres to Ridgeland’s master plan, which was developed in 2008 with input from citizens.