After years of waiting, and with only a few weeks left in Mayor Tony Yarber’s term, Ridgewood Road is finally getting a makeover.
Recently, crews began work on Ridgewood Road, one of the seven streets targeted as part of the paving project.
Traffic was reduced to two lanes north of Old Canton Road, as crews began milling and base repairs. The work will run from Old Canton north to County Line Road.
The work is part of a $4.7 million major street repaving project.
“If we don’t get a bunch of rain we will be through in the next three weeks,” said Engineering Manager Charles Williams.
Once work on Ridgewood wraps up, crews will move to Briarwood Drive, the last of the seven streets to be repaved, he said.
Ridgewood, which is normally four lanes with a turn lane, will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the project’s duration.
Signage has also been put up to notify motorists about detours and other changes to traffic patterns. “We’re trying to minimize the impact, but as you know, it’s a heavily traveled stretch,” Williams said.
Near Ridgewood Court, the street averages around 11,000 vehicles a day, while closer to Adkins, the roadway averages around 17,000 vehicles a day, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) traffic counts. From Old Canton north to Briarwood Drive, Ridgewood averages between 9,100 and 9,400 cars a day.
He said the city is asking motorists to slow down in the construction zones. “It is an inconvenience now, but hopefully in a month or so it will be back open to routine traffic,” he said.
The city awarded a major street repaving contract to Superior Asphalt last year. The firm was given 240 days, or about nine months, to complete the work.
Three firms submitted estimates, with Superior having the lowest cost. Other bids were from APAC Mississippi for $4.9 million, and Dickerson and Bowen for $5.9 million.
Superior was hired in August, and was expected to begin after Labor Day. Work on Briarwood was expected to begin last fall.