Kimbell Road residents are not happy about road closure

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Some Hinds County residents are upset because when they drive home, they have no choice but to take the long way around.

It’s all because of a closed bridge.

Neighbors reached out to WJTV about the Kimbell Road bridge. It closed about a month ago and since then neighbors have had to go around it on rough roads.

“We were not aware anything was going to take place until the county came out one day and put up roadblocks across it and signs,” Ed Perrett, a Hinds County resident, said.

If you’re driving Kimbell Road in Hinds County be prepared for a detour.

Ed Perrett is one of many residents who are upset.

Not only does Perrett have to find a way around the bridge, taking an extra two or three roads … the other roads are riddled with potholes.

“If you don’t know about it and come down here at night you’re going to hit a pothole and you’re going to tear up some vehicles,” Perrett said.

District Five Supervisor George Smith says construction can’t continue until a City of Jackson, water line under the bridge, is moved.

Moving the line has to be approved by the city council and should come up at the next meeting.

However, Perrett is concerned that construction could be delayed even longer as winter and wetter weather sets in.

“We get rain every three or four days,” Perrett said.

Neighbors will have to detour around the bridge and continue to dodge potholes until construction resumes.

“It gets to be quite a nuisance to go out the two ways we have possible for us. And the ways we go out are just like the rest of Kimbell Road. It’s a washboard,” Perrett said.

 

The next Jackson city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

 

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