Overlay projects expected soon in North Ward area

Published 7:09 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Residents in Vicksburg’s North Ward could soon see construction crews overlaying streets.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday approved a contract with Central Asphalt Co. to pave all or part of 18 streets in the northern part of the city.

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“We have $2 million set aside for paving,” North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield said. “After we look at the money, we may add some more streets.”

Many of the streets, he said, are streets where workers have repaired or replaced damaged water, sewer and storm drain lines under the roadbed. He said one street that is not included in the paving plan is Washington Street between Jackson and First East streets, where the city’s proposed auxiliary waterline will connect with a section of the city’s main line.

The streets scheduled for paving include Irene Street, Scenic Drive, Maxwell Street, Hugo Street, Hildergarde Terrace, Pearl Street, Ford Road, Baldwin Ferry Road, Beresford Street, Baldwin Ferry Road, First North Street, Sky Farm Avenue, Wabash Street, Farmer Street, Adams Street, Fayette Street, North Poplar Street and the 1100 block of Jefferson Street.

No date has been set for the work to begin.

In another matter, the board approved a $438,048.15 contract with Hemphill Construction Co. of Florence for drainage improvements at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport.

The airport was built in the 1940s and has a series of storm drainpipes running from different drainage basins, and four pipes go under the runway and need to be examined and fixed, city officials said.

The project is funded in part by a Federal Aviation Administration grant that will cover 90 percent of the project’s cost, with the city and the Mississippi Department of Transportation splitting the 10 percent match. The project is expected to be completed in 120 days.

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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