Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District, joined Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and other officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reconstruction of State Street in Jackson.
The $19.5 million project included total reconstruction of two miles of North State Street stretching from Hartfield Street to Sheppard Road. The project also included a 10-foot wide multi-use path and landscaping.
On the first section, from Hartfield Street to Choctaw Road, the street was reduced to two 11 to 12-foot travel lanes. A 10-foot multi-use path was added along with a three-foot strip of greenery separating the path from a two-foot curb and gutter.
On the second section, from Choctaw Road to Northside Drive, the reconstruction included two 12-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot turn lane, 10-foot pathway and two-foot curb and gutter. The sidewalk is separated from the street by the curb and gutter. From Hartfield Street to Northside Drive, the pathway is located on the east side of the street.
On the third section, from Northside Drive to Sheppard Road, the sidewalk is located on the west side of the roadway. A three-foot green strip and two-foot curb and gutter separate the sidewalk from traffic.
“The City of Jackson is our Capital City and is a high priority to me as your Transportation Commissioner,” said Simmons. “This is a major investment in safety, efficiency and economic development in and around Jackson. We appreciate everyone involved with seeing this project through.”
The project was funded with a TIGER grant from the Federal Highway Administration and appropriated by MDOT. It was awarded to Hemphill Construction Company, of Florence.
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants are competitive and awarded to projects which have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area. TIGER programs use rigorous, multi-modal selection criteria and the results of economic analysis to select projects and track the effectiveness of investments through project-specific performance measurement plans.