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Eastover Work Planned

Eastover residents will soon have a better road and better water, but they’ll probably have to put up with temporary road closures before they’ll get it.

The Jackson City Council recently approved hiring Utility Constructors for the second phase of the Eastover Drive Water Main Replacement Project.

Contractors will begin working on the project after July 4.

Work includes replacing the existing water main there with a new one and repaving the roadway once the line is in place. 

In all, about 4,500 linear feet of roadway will be affected, with the line going in from Ridgewood Road to Lake Circle, according to city documents.

“The existing cast iron pipe was installed in the 1950s and has experienced numerous leaks in recent years,” Public Works Director Robert Miller said in a letter to Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

The current line is an eight-inch cast-iron pipe and will be replaced with ductile iron.

City officials expect the street to be dug up for the replacement, meaning portions of Eastover will likely have to be closed off during construction.

Public works is expected to work with the Greater Eastover Foundation to address any traffic concerns during the duration of the work.

The project will cost around $1.13 million and is being funded by the city’s one-percent infrastructure sales tax. The work was included in the one-percent commission’s first-year master plan, which was drawn up in 2015.

Construction will take about 150 days to complete, weather pending.



Public Hearing Set

Madison County officials along with Neel-Schaffer will host a public meeting for open dialogue about the proposed extension of Reunion Parkway from Bozeman Road to Parkway East.

This project is Reunion Parkway Phase II. Following the environmental study for the road extension and the public meeting, the county can move forward with the design process. The come-and-go meeting will give residents a chance to view the options. The meeting will be held June 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Parkway Church in Madison.

Maps and other information will be available, and residents will have an opportunity to speak with county officials and Neel-Schaffer representatives about the design, right-of-way and environmental issues.

Anyone who needs special accommodations to attend should contact Neel-Schaffer beforehand by calling Barbara Earles at 601-948-3071.



More Road Projects

Northsiders could soon see more benefits from the one-percent sales tax, with the commission recently approving repaving five Northeast Jackson streets.

Recently, the commission approved repaving portions of Canton Mart Road, Old Canton Road, Northside Drive, Pear Orchard Road and Lakeland Drive.

Sections include Canton Mart from I-55 North to Old Canton, Old Canton from Canton Mart to Ridgewood Road, Old Canton from Meadowbrook Road to North State Street, Northside from I-55 to Ridgewood, Pear Orchard from County Line Road to Old Canton, and Lakeland Drive from Old Canton to I-55.

Total costs for the repaving was not known at press time. The commission directed public works to provide an estimate for the work at the next meeting.

In all, the roadways are traveled by more than 82,700 vehicles a day.


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