North State Street Construction Update

The city of Jackson released this update on the North State Street TIGER Grant project today. Here is the text:

Reconstruction work has begun on the section of State Street between Northside Drive and Meadowbrook Road. This section has been reduced to from four lanes to two lanes during reconstruction. Construction crews are demolishing and rebuilding the west half of the old road including the old water, sewer and drainage lines. The reconstructed street will have 3 lanes (1 lane in each direction and a center turn lane), new traffic signals for both Northside Drive and Meadowbrook Road and a new sidewalk and multi-use path. Motorists should reduce speed in the construction zone and watch for workers and construction vehicles close to traffic lanes.

Here is an update on the rest of the project:

Hartfield Street to Meadowbrook Road: All water, sewer and drainage work on the east half of the street is complete south of Choctaw Road with work underway between Choctaw Road and Meadowbrook Road. Construction crews are progressing with installing new base material and constructing the new curb and gutter along the east half of the street. Construction of new driveways and the new sidewalk/multi-use path is scheduled to begin November. Construction on the replacement traffic signal at Ridgeway Street is slated to begin in mid-October.

Northside Drive to Sheppard Road: Heavy construction on this section is nearing completion. New traffic signals at Broadmoor Drive and Fire Station 7 have been turned on and are operating. The street will remain two lanes instead of three lanes due to additional work scheduled along the west side of the street. Final paving on this section will be done at the end of the project.

The State Street Reconstruction Project is funded by a TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration and Mississippi Department of Transportation providing grant oversight. The project is also funded by the 1% Municipal Special Sales Tax and other City funds.

Breaking News

Evelyn Sanders Forkin, 86, died on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.


1. He drove a blue ‘77 Chevy Nova in high school. 2. He played on Jackson Prep’s 1985 and 1986 state championship basketball teams.