Riverfront Park closed to repair equipment

Published 7:54 pm Monday, December 4, 2017

Riverfront Park off Washington Street will be closed for 90 days for repairs to a slide area and the park’s play areas beginning today, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said.

Flaggs announced the closing at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The board on Nov. 19 awarded a $324,347.70 contract to Central Asphalt of Vicksburg to repair the slide area on the south end of the park and resurface the play areas.

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Central Asphalt’s bid was the lowest of five companies bidding on the project.

A section of the bluff on the south end of the park began slowly sliding off the bank in April 2015, taking part of the park’s perimeter fence and walking trail, and threatening one play area, part of which sits on the slide.

The city and county boards have each contributed $150,000 to the project, which was delayed while the Mississippi River level fell so the repairs could be made.

The city and county will contribute the extra money to make up the $24,374 difference between the bid and the original amount set aside for the project.

To fix the slide, a contractor will have to excavate topsoil along the top bank of the river — a project that will require removing some playground equipment to provide enough room to make the repairs, which involves dirt work and rehabilitating underground drain pipes that were part of the cause of the slide.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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