News Briefs

Relief for Bozeman

Some relief is coming for Bozeman Road, as the Madison County board of supervisors approved $150,000 to be put toward paving the road.

“That road is so narrow and so dangerous, and there’s 20,000 cars a day on it,” District Two Supervisor Trey Baxter said at the August 5 meeting. “How much do you need to do some paving to patch it up until we can get to where we need to be?” he asked Road Manager Cornelius Bacon.

“I have received calls about residents popping their tires. It’s just a real mess,” Baxter added.

Bacon said that Bozeman-Paine Circle going south to Reserve Crossing is in the worst shape.

“From the Gluckstadt light to that point, you’re in pretty fair shape,” he said.

From Bozeman-Paine to Reserve would cost approximately $125,000, according to Bacon.

Baxter made a motion for $150,000 to be put on Bozeman Road for paving due to the dangerous nature of the road, which was approved unanimously.

He said this will make the road safer until construction can begin on widening Bozeman Road later this year.

Bozeman Road will eventually be four-lane with divided median between Highway 463 and Reunion Parkway. It will mimic Highland Colony Parkway.

The project will cost approximately $10 million per mile.

“We have completed the environmentals, and we’re getting into right-of-way acquisition and I think there’s 55 property owners we have to deal with,” Baxter told the Sun. “We’ve finished design. Once we finish right-of-way, we will be able to start construction.”


Old Capitol Repairs

Repairs continue to an iconic part of downtown Jackson’s skyline – the Old Capitol Museum dome.

Work began in April to repair the structure, which was damaged following a hailstorm in 2009.

Since then, the more than 60-year-old dome has been hampered by leaks. 

“This project is the most intensive repair work done on the building since we reopened after its restoration in 2009,” said Michael Morris, director of public relations for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).

The project will cost around $1.54 million and be completed by early December.

Initially repairs were slated to wrap up in September, but additional time was added on the contract to accommodate events scheduled there, said Department of Finance and Administration Director Chuck McIntosh said.

“This maintenance … is particularly important in order to maintain the beautiful interior and the general importance of this historic building,” he said.

The Old Capitol is the oldest building in the capital city and served as the state’s seat of government between 1839 and 1903, according to the MDAH website.

It closed following Hurricane Katrina and reopened in 2009 as a museum dedicated to the legislative activities conducted there.

In addition, crews are making upgrades, including repairs to the building’s exterior stucco plaster, McIntosh said.

The project is being paid for, in part, from insurance proceeds.

The building will remain open for the duration of repairs.


City Center Groundbreaking

The city of Ridgeland will break ground on the site of its new 30,739-square-foot city center on August 16.

The Ridgeland board of aldermen recently awarded bids for the project for a total amount of $10,182,000.

At the August 6 meeting, the board also approved for an appraisal to be done at the current city hall at 304 Highway 51 and declared the property surplus to begin the process of selling the property.

This project has been a part of Ridgeland’s master plan for years, as the current building is outdated, according to Mayor Gene McGee.

His hope with the new city hall is to provide a user-friendly, easy to navigate building for residents. The building will have a meeting room for the Ridgeland board of aldermen and office space for all city departments which are now housed at the current city hall location.

The location for the new city center complex is located off Highway 51 on the empty lot across the street from the Ridgeland library.

The location will allow all city departments to be close by, as the police department and public works are just down the street from that property.

McGee also plans to incorporate new technology in the new building to better cater to residents’ needs. Possible upgrades could include screens in the lobby with information for residents, including upcoming events.

The groundbreaking will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Highway 51 and School Street.


Preliminary Plat Approved

Plans for an addition to a residential development in Madison County are moving forward.

The board of supervisors recently approved a preliminary plat for the second phase of the Lakes at Stapleton on August 5.

The plans include 61 lots on 27.55 acres. There are 39 existing residences from phase one of the project.

Once the second phase is completed, there will be 100 lots instead of the 181 lots originally platted for the project. The new plan increased the lot size, which reduced the number of lots on the property.


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