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Hazards in Jackson roads remain 2 1/2 years later

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People living along Wilshire Drive are tired of driving around the barricades on the street outside their homes. People living along Wilshire Drive are tired of driving around the barricades on the street outside their homes.
We first told you about the problem in January 2012. Very little has changed since then. We first told you about the problem in January 2012. Very little has changed since then.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's an eyesore that you would want fixed right away, but 2 1/2 years later, some Jackson families are still dealing with it.

People living along Wilshire Drive are tired of driving around the barricades on the street outside their homes. The barricades surround a separation in the street where water can be heard gushing underneath. It's connected to a big hole in the street about 200 yards away on Azalea Drive.

We first told you about the problem in January 2012. Very little has changed since then. At the time, the City of Jackson told us the collapsed sewer line would cost about $300,000 to repair, and the money was not in the budget.

Neighbors say they feel neglected.

"Because they're fixing everywhere else. There are other places that wasn't torn up at that time and they fixed them. Why they couldn't fix that one?" asks Willie Rucker, who lives nearby.

"I fear the street may just go down, you know," says Arlean Gunn as she points toward the barricades. "The city says they don't have enough money to do it, but it's dangerous."

Dan Gaillet, Director of Public Works for the City of Jackson, said Wilshire Avenue is one of the many projects that will begin this summer.

He said nearly 65,000 water meters will be replaced, the water and sewer billing system will be updated, the water plant will be improved, and sewer system repairs and upgrades will take place at the following locations:

  • Wilshire Avenue
  • 300 Block of Rollingwood Drive
  • 2704 Quail Run at Eastover
  • 2115 Robin Drive
  • 220 Dixon Road to I-220
  • East Northside Drive
  • Eastwood Road to Culleywood Drive;
  • Pearl Street
  • 2234 West Highway 80
  • McClure Road at Meadow Lane
  • 3838 Eastover Drive to 3900 Eastover Drive
  • Beasley Road to Meadow Road
  • 2212 Heritage Hill Drive
  • 5044 Wayneland Drive
  • South Drive/ Galvez Street to Jayne Avenue
  • Liberty Street to Coleman Avenue
  • 1500 Block of Sheffield Drive
  • Sunset Drive
  • Maple Street

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