City breaks ground on viaduct improvement project - - Jackson, MS

City breaks ground on viaduct improvement project

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The city of Jackson broke ground Tuesday on the Mill street viaduct improvement Project.

The viaduct at Pascagoula and Mill street will be bricked to match those at Pearl and Capitol streets. 

The project will put the area in compliance with the American Disabilities Act, with handicapped accessible sidewalks.  There will also be landscaping and a new median.

The project will cost 340 thousand dollars to complete, and will be finished by early 2012.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson led a group of city leaders shoveling dirt at the site Monday.

"We think this project will go a long way in this area creating the kind of access ramps that will be required by the ADA," says Johnson.

Not moving as fast as this project is the Fortification Street widening and resurfacing project.  Funding for that was approved in November of 2008 but has yet to begin.  City officials say the start has been transparent.

Dan Gaillet, Public Works Director says, "The biggest hurdle has been acquiring right a way, folks have seen the gas company out there a month, Entergy moved on site yesterday."

City officials say because the project runs through a historical district, they had to make sure there was no impact on the homes in the area.  the 14 Million dollar project is being managed by MDOT.  The federal government is funding 80 percent of the project.  The new construction start date has now been pushed back to the first of the year.

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