Weather delays trail
Chalk another project’s delay up to wet weather.
Work on the Museum to Market Trail likely won’t begin until the spring, because of delays in a major water main project, Jackson city officials say.
Crews are installing a 48-inch water main from the J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Facility to High Street. A large portion of the line runs along the path of the trail, which also runs from the Mississippi Farmers Market to the LeFleur Museum District.
City officials told the Sun previously that the water main was expected to be finished by September.
However, unusually wet weather in the summer and fall delayed the work at least until December.
Now, city officials hope to bring on a contractor and begin construction the multi-use path sometime in the spring.
The project includes building a trail that will create a path that runs from the farmer’s market, though Belhaven, under the interstate and up to museum district.
The district includes the Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
The project is being paid for with a $1.1 million grant awarded to the city through the Mississippi Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.
The project was designed by Neel-Schaffer Engineering, who is also responsible for obtaining easements for the project.
One or two easements are still needed for the project to move forward, city officials say.
Last October, the city council brought on Utility Constructors to install the new water main. The contract was for $4 million.
Contractors have through December to complete the installation.