Medical parkway in Flowood almost finished - - Jackson, MS

Medical parkway in Flowood almost finished

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FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - A new medical parkway in Flowood is taking its final shape near more than $100 million dollars worth of medical facility expansion. 

The roadway is about a mile long and is costing the city of flowood $2.7 million dollars. 

It runs between Flowood Drive and Highway 475, connecting just north of the entrance to the National Weather Service, which is near to a new River Oaks outpatient surgery center and medical office complex that's just starting vertical construction. 

That building is next to the New South Neuro Spine and Southern Diagnostic Imaging building at 2470 Flowood Drive, and close to a new Psychiatric Clinic across from River Oaks Hospital.  

River Oaks has spent $60 million dollars expanding recently. 

Mayor Gary Rhoads is proud of the way the new roadway is being financed. 

"It's being paid for by the developers, the ownership of the property there, we are doing assessment bonds, to where the city will pay for it and they will pay us back over the next 20 years with interest." 

This all started in the 1970's when Flowood, under then Mayor Chastain Flynt, used it's credit to convince doctors and developers to build the original River Oaks and Women's hospitals. 

The contractor on the new medical parkway has told Mayor Rhoads he plans to have it complete by the end of the year, even though he has more time. 

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