By Randy Bell
Where flowers have failed and shrubs have been smashed, maybe a hard surface for which Clinton is famous will do the trick. The City’s Public Works Department has been busy installing bricks in a couple of traffic islands at Highway 80 and Mt. Salus Drive.
“They did start out as flower beds about twelve years ago,” says Public Works Director Phillip Lilley. “There were small bushes [there], and they did well for a little while. I’m not sure exactly when they were installed, but what I do remember is the many times they got hit.”
Lilley says after cars and trucks repeatedly ran over the landscaping, nothing would grow in those beds. “So, we went back in and turned the soil over, added some fresh nutrients to it, and put some tulips in.” He says Keep Mississippi Beautiful had the bulbs planted, but those flowers suffered the same fate as the bushes before, run over by passing traffic. According to Lilley, “We’re at a point now that it’s time to do something a little more permanent.”
He thinks laying bricks on a bed of sand in the triangular-shaped islands on the northern side of the intersection is a perfect solution, in keeping with the ambiance of Clinton’s brick streets and similar traffic island brickwork at Highway 80 and Clinton Parkway.
Lilley indicates that this may not be the final project. “I would love to put more bricks in other places.”