Spillway Road improvements

Ridgeland is preparing to spend  $1.7 million to mill, overlay, restripe, and upgrade three traffic signals on Spillway Road. “It’s about a mile of four lanes with a center turn lane,” said Mike McCollum, Ridgeland public works director.

The city received $1.28 million from the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), an organization that receives federal funding that is doled out for local transportation projects. The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD), which covers 10 counties in the state, makes up the state’s central MPO.

When the CMPDD awards money for transportation projects, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will oversee the project.

“We will have to pay $425,000 out of local funds,” McCollum said.

The project will stretch along Spillway Road from Old Canton Road to Breaker’s Lane. Traffic signals are located at Old Canton Road, Harbor Point Crossing and Harbor Drive. According to McCollum, project construction will probably not start until the first of 2018.

“From the time you start construction, it will probably take 90 to 120 days. The problem is, going through the process with MDOT takes longer to meet all the requirements. I will be surprised if the project gets started before the first of the year.”

The city approved proposals for engineering services during the March 7 board of aldermen meeting.

The project also requires the city to appoint a selection committee for engineering services.

“It’s several members from the board, city engineer Chris Bryson and myself,” said McCollum. “The mayor approved the board (March 6). We normally would bid out (for engineering services), but with MDOT there are federal requirements for a selection committee.”

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