The Madison County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from Mississippi Engineering Services for an additional $179,646.10 for the Reunion Parkway Phase II project. This will bring engineering costs on the project to $997,218.42.
The increase covers the costs for bridge designs, and modifications on the new intersection of Bozeman Road and Reunion Parkway. The main portion of the money however, is for relocating a water line.
“The 30” waterline that services Nissan currently runs up an easement just outside of the existing MDOT right-of-way. With the interchange in place, the right of way will increase significantly and so the waterline will need to be relocated out from under where the bridge will be placed. In addition, there is work to be done to tie the proposed Reunion Crossing Parkway into the proposed widening of Bozeman Road.
“It appears that this project will begin construction sooner than Bozeman Road so we wanted to make sure all the necessary auxiliary lanes are in place,” said Madison County Engineer Timothy Bryant.
He also gave a brief update on the estimated timeline of the project, which includes constructing a bridge that crosses I-55N.
“We expect it to begin construction in late summer or early fall of 2021. Construction should take 18 months from there.”
Sixty percent of design work is completed for the bridge which will go over Interstate 55 from Bozeman Road to Parkway East. The bridge designed in late August is on its way to approval. The overall expense for Reunion Parkway Phase II project cost $24 million.
“We do not currently have a construction company working on this project. We expect to bid the project in late summer and it will then be awarded to the lowest and best bidder,” Bryant said.
The Reunion Parkway projects, phases I, II, and III are the main focus for Madison County’s road plan looking into 2021.