Potholes along five Fondren streets will soon be filled, following a recent vote by the Hinds County board of supervisors.
At its meeting on August 17, the board approved repairing potholes on Mitchell Avenue, Lorenz Boulevard, Fondren Place and Morgan Place, all in the Fondren Business District.
District Two Supervisor David Archie said residents in the Northside community can expect more work in the coming months.
District Two takes in much of Fondren along North State Street Old Canton Road, and part of the Belhaven community between North State and Peachtree Street.
Work on the potholes was expected to begin by this week. Archie said he had spoken to the county’s public works director, who would schedule the work as quickly as possible. The repairs would be made by county crews, rather than private contractors.
He estimates the work to cost several thousands of dollars. However, he did not have an exact amount on the cost.
“I’ve been able to chit chat with the residents in Fondren and I drove the area to identify streets with very bad potholes,” he said. “Some streets need repaving, but we don’t have the money in the budget to do it.
“We’re going to do all we can to make sure the potholes are repaired so they don’t damage cars as they drive over them.”
Previously, the county had been paving streets across the Northside using portions of a $40 million bond. By June of this year, some 60 roads in District One had been resurfaced, according to District One Supervisor Robert Graham.
At that time, the Sun reported that the county was putting additional road repaving on hold, and that most of those bond proceeds had been exhausted.
Archie, who is now in his first term on the board, expects to make additional pothole repairs in the coming year.
However, he was not sure how much money would be set aside for the street work, or what roads in Fondren he would focus on next.
He said it will be important to maintain streets in the Fondren Business District, especially with the new Homewood Suites hotel having opened there.
Said Archie, “I know we’re going to get more traffic in the area, so I’m going to identify things as a board we can take on.”