After approximately 1,525 days, $4,014,365.74 and just over 22.1 miles of roadway, the city of Ridgeland is coming to the end of its five-year street overlay plan, which began in 2016.
However, Public Works Director Mike McCollum said the city reviews and makes needed adjustments to its street overlay plan every three years. The city also allocates $1 million for road projects each year.
The question they often get centers on how the city determines which roads to fix first. McCollum said they prioritize the worst streets.
A new contract with Baker Engineering is helping them figure out which streets are the worst, and therefore which streets will be repaved first.
“We’re using a new system called LiDAR now to detect the condition of the street,” McCollum said. “Used to, we would have to go out with just human eyeballs to determine which streets were in the worst shape.”
Now, someone drives the streets of Ridgeland in a van specially outfitted with laser and GPS technology to collect data on street damage, according to McCollum.
“It’s a better way to do it than people trying to tell how many cracks are in the road. This will tell exactly what’s out there,” McCollum said. “Hopefully we will have a better picture of what we have on the ground.”
The city recently received the raw data from Baker Engineering, which ranks the streets of Ridgeland by their pavement condition index with a number from one to 100, with 100 being the best.
“Right now, we are putting all of this information into a spreadsheet to organize the streets from worst to best,” McCollum said. Then, the city will look into cost assessments for making the necessary repairs and organize the streets into its next street overlay plan.
“If anybody wants to know where their street is on the list, they are welcome to call up here and ask,” McCollum said. “I don’t mind letting them know.”
In 2020, the city’s street overlay plan will cover six miles of Ridgeland streets in Dinsmor, Village Square, Trace Ridge, Old Agency, Richardson and Wendover areas and subdivisions for a total of $995,456.26.
The 2021 street overlay plan will cost a total of $987,771.58 to repave five miles of streets in Dinsmor, Montrachet, Lake Harbour, Gateway North and Hawthorn Green subdivisions and areas.
In addition to the funds the city sets aside for paving each year, McCollum said they typically receive funding from the county for various roads projects as well. The additional funding allows them to get ahead of the plan.
This year, the county has allocated $880,000 for road paving projects in Ridgeland, including Steed Road from Highland Colony Parkway to Richardson, School Street from Perkins to Commerce Park Drive and Ridgeland Avenue from Highway 51 to East Frontage Road.
Approximately $100,000 in county funds will be used to address street issues in Dinsmor subdivision.