A Jackson engineering company has been hired to begin engineering a Washington Street rehabilitation project from Haining Road to Jackson Street.
The Mayor and Aldermen’s Council at its Monday meeting approved a deal with EJES Inc. for $140,325 to carry out the engineering and design of the project, which will include a system to protect the road from mudslides caused by heavy rains.
“It needs to be paved and on the same (reduced to) two lanes so we can make like a trap (basin) for landslides so they don’t always block the road,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. .
He said the project also includes a bike path. The bike path is part of a proposed approximately 9.5-mile bike path through Vicksburg that will follow a path from the Mississippi Welcome Center on Washington Street to its terminus at Haining Road.
The itinerary includes a tour of downtown Vicksburg, which Community Development Manager Jeff Richardson says will “loosely follow” downtown walking paths.
From Haining Road, cyclists can continue to US 61 North and take the Great River Road Bike Trail that runs from Walls in DeSoto County to Tunica.
Currently, Washington Street, from Haining Road to Jackson Avenue, is a narrow four-lane north-south road with a speed limit of 45 mph. The street is bounded on the west by the Yazoo Floodway and on the east by a ridge. During heavy rains, dirt and mud come off causing slides that spill into the northbound lanes that block them.
The southbound lanes were torn up and then resurfaced during construction of the city’s auxiliary waterline, which intersects the mainline near Jackson Street.
While the speed limit on Washington Street from Haining Road was recently reduced from 45 to 35 mph, Flaggs said the speed limit on Washington from Haining Road to Jackson Street will remain at 45 mph.