Pemberton to be paved; design and specs in the works

Published 8:50 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pemberton Square Boulevard will be paved from Halls Ferry Road to U.S. 61 South under a paving plan developed by South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday approved an agreement with Waggoner Engineering to prepare the design and bid specifications for the project. Public works director Garnet Van Norman said there may have to be some work on the road before it can be paved.

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“There’s probably going to have to be some spot repairs in different places,” he said. “The subsurface; just some bad places in the pavement. We’ll cut all that out, dig it up, (and) put base in it and get it ready to overlay.”

Besides Pemberton Square Boulevard, Monsour said he wants to finish paving Halls Ferry Road up to the city limits near the entrance to the Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi.

“What they did in the previous administration, they did part of it and they stopped,” he said. “I want to do the completion of it and get it finished.”

Monsour said he will determine what other streets he will able to pave after Pemberton and Halls Ferry. “It all depends on the money that’s left,” he said.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen in October approved $5.15 million for paving under the city’s second draw of an $18 million bond issue, with $4 million — $2 million each for the North and South wards — for street paving.

North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield has listed 14 streets in the northern part of the city scheduled for paving under the second draw: Irene Street, Scenic Drive, Maxwell Street, Hugo Street, Hildegarde Terrace, Pearl Street, Ford Road, Baldwin Ferry Road, Beresford Street, Baldwin Ferry Road, First North Street, Sky Farm Avenue, Wabash Avenue and Farmer Street.

The majority of the streets on the list, Mayfield said, will be partially paved, adding these are streets where work was done to repair or replace underground utility lines. At least three of the streets, Maxwell Street, Scenic Drive and Irene Street may be fully paved.

“We are also looking at possibly including four to five additional streets,” he said. “These additions will be determined based on available funds.”

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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