Following approval of designs by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, work along Magnolia Road, from Old Vicksburg Road to Northside Drive, is to begin May 17 and is slated to be completed, weather permitting, sometime in early September 2020. Crews are placing detour signs today, to alert motorists to pending road construction.
Residents along Magnolia Road and adjacent neighborhoods should anticipate traffic interruptions during the improvements. City leaders highlighted that this is a full reconstruction of the road. Existing asphalt and expansive dirt base will be excavated and filled with new base to prevent future issues with a bumpy road.
“This is a major road rehabilitation project which, while under construction, will certainly be an inconvenience to those that live in the area of the improvements,” stated Mayor Phil Fisher. “However it is a project that is long overdue. The City and contractor ask for your patience as we bring a smooth ride to the heavily used road on the eastern edge of the City.”
During certain phases of the improvements, travel along Magnolia Road will be one-way, with either the north bound or south bound lane closed for work. Motorists travelling along this stretch of Magnolia Road need to be aware of and follow the traffic control measures installed.
Motorists that do not live in the area are encouraged to avoid the road if possible and find another route to alleviate congestion in the work zone and delays to their travel plans.
On January 21, 2020, the Clinton Board of Alderman approved the bid of $995,196 to W.E. Blain and Sons for Magnolia Road improvement projects. In the planning, funding and approval stage since May 2016, replacement of the road will be a welcome site for residents of Clinton and west Jackson who navigate the bumpy street each day.
For the city, the project will signal the end of a decade’s long struggle against Mother Nature and the ever troublesome Yazoo Clay.
Ward 6 Alderman Mike Cashion, whose Ward includes Magnolia Road has long advocated for the improvements to the long troublesome thoroughfare.
“As the Alderman for Ward 6, I am pleased to see that this project is finally moving forward. Improving the driving conditions of the road will greatly enhance the viability of the eastern side of town for economic stabilization and community pride,” Cashion stated.
Again, project complete, dependent upon weather, is slated for September 2020. We appreciate the patience of the community as we improve this long worrisome stretch of roadway.