Planning for bridge repairs
All good things must come to an end.
And for residents who have enjoyed less traffic along Hawthorn Drive and Cavalier Drive thanks to bridges being out, that means the structures could soon be replaced.
Recently, the Jackson City Council approved bringing on Stantec Consulting Services to draw up plans to replace the structures along Hawthorn and Cavalier Drives in Fondren.
The contract is for approximately $182,000, and the design work is expected to begin this month. It was not clear how long the designs would take.
Stantec was recommended to the council after a request of qualifications was reviewed by Public Works, according to city documents.
The Hawthorn bridge is located in the road’s 3000 block, between Sherwood and Robin drives. The Cavalier bridge is located between Old Canton Road and Wood Dale Drive.
Jackson was directed to close the structures earlier this year due to “issues found with timber piles, headwalls and/or other timber components on each bridge,” according to previous reports in the Sun.
Timber piles are the wooden poles that hold up the bridges. Headwalls are structures used to maintain the road formations around the bridges and to help prevent erosion.
The bridges run over Eubanks Creek. The structures will be replaced with precast bridges. Timber piles will be replaced with box culverts.
The culverts will be less expensive and easier to install, according to city officials.
For some living along Hawthorn and Cavalier, the bridge closures have been a welcome respite to heavy traffic.
“It’s the greatest traffic-calming I’ve seen around the city,” Hawthorn resident John Sewell previously told the Sun.
It was not known how much the replacements would cost.
Reduce Speed Limit
Due to recent changes made at the Stribling Road and Church Road intersection, the Madison County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a speed limit change from Catlett Road to the Germantown and Church Road intersection.
Dan Gaillet, the County Engineer, recommended that the speed limit be reduced from 45 MPH to 40.
He also recommended that the speed limit be reduced from 40 MPH to 35 on Church Road from the Church Road and Germantown intersection to Calhoun Parkway.
The board voted unanimously to approve the speed limit change.
More homes in Madison County
The Madison County Board of Supervisors approved the final plat of New Castle phase five and Caroline, LLC final plats of Camden Pointe 3A and 3B.
The New Castle development is approximately .21 acres with eight lots ranging from 1.02 to 1.20 acres.
The Camden development phase 3A is approximately 8.2 acres containing 30 lots, and phase 3B is approximately 1.9 acres containing 18 lots.