RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) — The road project at the intersection of Lake Harbour Drive and Highway 51 is moving forward.
City officials said they are currently demolishing concrete slabs in the area. This is the next step as crews work on Lake Harbour Drive Extension. The road will be an East-West Corridor that connects Madison County to Rankin County.
We’re told that this is one of the largest construction projects for Ridgeland. City leaders also said they’d found ways to save money.
“The contractor for the concrete demolition and removal, Hemphill Construction, will be salvaging the crushed concrete for their own use,” said City Engineer Chris Bryson. “Because of this, they are not charging the city for their work. What would have cost as much as $160,000 is costing the city $0.”
After the concrete is cleared from the site, the city will be working with a contractor to replace the 100-year old Illinois Central box culvert. It passes Purple Creek under the railroad track.
“The new roadway will cross the Illinois Central Railroad at grade,” said Bryson, “Similar to the crossing on Jackson Street in Ridgeland.”