Preparations made to widen Lake Harbour Drive - - Jackson, MS

Preparations made to widen Lake Harbour Drive

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RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Construction on the estimated $16 million project to widen Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland could begin in just a few months.

"Hopefully we can get approval to bid the project late summer early fall," said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee.

The 1.6 mile stretch from Northpark Drive to Highway 51 will be expanded from two lanes to four lanes with a turn lane and pedestrian trail.  "This is just part of the growth pains you have when your successful," said Mayor McGee.

Demolition is expected to begin this week on the 13 houses the city acquired, but there is one homeowner who is not waiting on the city.

"It's going to be sad especially to tear my home down.  I raised both my children there.  It's sad," said Bob Powell.

He has lived in his home for 41 years.  He remembers when the gravel road, now Lake Harbour Drive, ended at his driveway. The house he is demolishing next door was where his wife was raised.  Her grandfather, once the owner of Jackson Wrecking Company, built the house in 1951.

"Everything he got out of it was built out of homes from North State Street.  All antique material.  I've got over 150 year old hard cypress and hard pine in here," said Powell.

He will use the wood and bricks to build a new home in Flora.  Although he will have to part with his longtime house on Lake Harbour Drive he is happy to see Ridgeland grow.

"We knew it was coming.  It needs to be five lanes.  I think it will help a lot," said Powell.

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