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Box Culverts work

The next step to getting Lake Harbour Drive extension completed is underway, now that the box culverts have been delivered.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee said the box culverts should be installed before the end of July. The road is projected to be complete by late next year.

The 18-month project got underway last month when two contracts were issued, one for the box culvert installation and one for the road and bridge construction.

Hemphill Construction got the contract to install the new box culvert under the railroad on Purple Creek.

McGee said this is necessary for the road to cross the railroad.

Now that they have been delivered and once a construction crew is in place, McGee said they will have a 24-hour period to shut the railroad down to complete the installation.

The contract for the road and bridge construction part of the project is with Eutah Construction. The new road will extend from Highway 51 to Highland Colony Parkway.

The contract for the road project will cost $14 million, but the total project cost with right-of-way acquisition, moving utilities and more brings the cost to $22 to 23 million.

McGee’s goal with the completion of Lake Harbour Drive extension is to relieve traffic on West Jackson Street so that the city can make that area more user-friendly for pedestrians to give it a more downtown feel and to allow for increased economic development in the city.

With improved traffic flow between Highland Colony Parkway to Highway 51 comes increased access to local businesses, which McGee believes will impact the city’s economy.


County to Issue Bonds

Madison County board of supervisors gave the go-ahead on a resolution for issuance of a general obligation note of $1,635,000.

The funds will allow the county to move forward on several road projects, including Caroline Boulevard, $350,000; McCullough Lane, $25,500; Cane Creek Road, $100,000; Livingston Drive, Livingston Cove and Bidon Drive, $124,500; Old Agency Parkway and Old Agency Road, $400,000.

The resolution is limited to the reconstruction of those particular roads, in addition to the remaining funds being allocated to Hoy Road improvement projects.

The next step will be to publish the intent to issue bonds and discussion will take place at the next meeting of the board following publication of intent.

After that, they may start receiving bids and will receive information on interest rates from local banks.

The lowest and best bid will be selected at that time to lock in the interest rate for two-year financing.

In the case of excess funds, they will be used to pay down the debt to the lender. They will have that flexibility in this case.

Some of the roads listed in the resolution for construction are projects that District Four Supervisor David Bishop has been trying to find funding for since February.

These projects include Cane Creek Road, Livingston Drive, Bidon Drive and McCullough Lane. These roads were originally included in the county’s road plan for this year but were removed when funds were allocated for other projects.


Chamber to Move

The summer  the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP), will move its headquarters to the Regions Bank Operations Center on I-55 North. The move is expected in the first part of July, according to GJCP interim President Alon Bee. Regions is providing the facility free-of-charge, until the chamber finds a new permanent location.

Currently, GJCP is housed at the old downtown Jackson Fire Station, next to City Hall. “The building is 14,400 square feet, three floors and underutilized,” Bee said.

The partnership pays about $10,000 to lease the space from the city and to pay for utilities, like electricity, water and sewer.

At one time, the third floor was occupied by city staffers, while the chamber had a much larger staff that used the remaining space. Today, the chamber has seven staffers, including Bee.

The station is on the National Register of Historic Places and is classified as a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).


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