New type traffic signals planned as part of County Line Road overlay project

For the County Line Road project, officials have approved the motion to bid out new traffic signals.

The city is looking to upgrade the current traffic signals on County Line Road as part of the mill-and-overlay project from I-55 to Pear Orchard Road.

“We’re changing from regular loop detection to video detection,” said Mike McCollum, director of public works. “Loop detection requires wires to be embedded in asphalt, and we want to use a video detection system that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) uses throughout the state.”

McCollum said the video system is more accurate and doesn’t require breaking and moving asphalt to install or fix.

“It’s a little more expensive, but we feel like on the maintenance side of it, there might be some potential cost savings. We should get some advantage on traffic as well.”

McCollum said fixing a wire in the loop detection system of a traffic signal can take awhile because of the time and effort in removing and relaying asphalt.

“When the loops go out, it takes a long time to go out and bust the asphalt and fix it. We can fix the video detection system right then, so I think it will benefit us in the long run.”

McCollum said bids should be open for approximately six weeks.

The traffic signals are a portion of Ridgeland’s expense for the County Line Road resurfacing project. Work includes mill, overlay and restriping.

A mill-and-overlay project grinds and removes the top two layers of asphalt with a large milling machine, then new layers are coated over the remaining tarmac.

The project will stretch from I-55 to Pear Orchard Road, and will be completed in conjunction with Jackson.

               

The project cost, $1.35 million, will be split equally between the two municipalities.

The Madison County Board of Supervisors pledged $675,000 to the city of Ridgeland for the project. The city of Jackson has secured the other $675,000 for the project.

According to Madison County Engineer Dan Gaillet, the county pledged the funds to Ridgeland in June 2016 through a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

After the county promised to pay for Ridgeland’s half of the project last year, the city had a two-year timeline to complete the project, meaning the project should be complete within the next year.

“We were given a two-year time period from the time the MOU was approved to complete the project,” said McCollum in a previous Sun article.

McCollum said everything up to the $675,000 amount will be reimbursed by Madison County, “so we’ll just send them receipts and they’ll pay up to that amount.”

Once Ridgeland had the funds, they waited on Jackson to put forward their half for the project. Hinds County pledged $300,000, while the capital city looked for alternate sources for the remaining $375,000, a previous Sun article stated.

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