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Aldermen target 30 streets for extensive paving project

Aldermen Michael Mayfield and Alex Monsour presented street paving lists totaling 28 streets — 15 in the South Ward and 13 in the North Ward — as the board discussed Monday a proposed $4 million paving project at a work session on capital improvements for the city.

The plan lays out $2 million in paving projects for each ward.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said the work session was the first of a series of monthly work sessions to discuss the city’s capital improvement needs. He said the next work session could be on infrastructure — the city’s water and sewer systems.

“Right now, I’m just laying out the needs for $11 to $15 million in capital improvements to meet the needs of the future of Vicksburg,” Flaggs said. “That is because of the extreme growth and development of the city.”

Flaggs also said the board needs to look at a five-year repaving plan.

“Repaving doesn’t come every four years, it comes every year,” he said. “I’ve driven down many of these streets in the last eight years and I know that there’s a dire need for paving or repaving in the neighborhoods as well as the thoroughfares.”

Monsour said his list included “streets where we really need to do some paving.”

He said he is meeting Thursday with specialists to discuss other materials that may be used to resurface streets. He said he is going to ride over the streets to determine what work is needed.

“Sometimes when we go in (to resurface a street) we replace the whole street when we don’t need to,” he said. “I know there’s a couple I’ve got to redo. There’s a lot of them we can fix and redo certain sections. I’m trying to stretch the $2 million we’ve got projected as far as I can.

Monsour’s street list includes:

  • Portions of Halls Ferry Road. Two areas include a section by the Sonic Drive-In north of North Frontage Road, and a concrete-paved section between the U.S. Engineer Research and Development Center and Hawkins United Methodist Church.
  • Old Halls Ferry in front of Trustmark Bank.
  • Indiana Avenue from the intersection with Porters Chapel Road to the fire station on Indiana and to Raintree Road on Porters Chapel.
  • A portion of Kendra Drive.
  • Parts of Linda Drive and Belva Drive. “There’s certain parts (of both streets) I’m going to have to address because they’re in bad shape,” Monsour said but did not give the areas.
  • Cedars School Road from Warrenton Lane to the school.
  • Monument Place off Halls Ferry.
  • Patching on Hall Road.
  • Willow Drive.
  • The intersection of Cain Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue.
  • Part of Longview Street.
  • The intersection of Santa Rosa and Rialto.
  • Sections of Melrose Avenue and Azalea Lane.
  • Part of South Frontage Road at Indiana Avenue.

“This is only a drop in the bucket,” Mayfield said of his list. “Every street in the North Ward needs paving.”

One problem with all the streets in Vicksburg, he said, is the problem with the city’s aging utility lines, adding there are very few streets in the city where utility repairs are not needed before they can be paved.

His list includes:

  • Sherman Avenue. “We’ve had problems there before,” Mayfield said. “Some, because of trucks getting on the road and going downhill and causing severe problems. We’ve problems with soil shifting.”
  • Green Street.
  • Harrison Street.
  • South Street from Second North to Spring Street. That project is underway, Mayfield said.
  • Lane Street to Military Street.
  • Alcorn Drive.
  • Meadow Street from the intersection with Lake Street to Letitia Street.
  • Crawford Street from the intersection of Spring Street to the dead-end of Crawford.
  • Washington Street from First East to Grove.
  • Second Street.
  • Lane Street.
  • Washington Street from Veto to the Old U.S. 80 Bridge.
  • Levee Street.

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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