Cutting the ribbon on Steed Road are, from left, Mike McCollum, City of Ridgeland; Alderman Scott Jones, Rudy Warnock,  Jimmy Vickers; Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee; Madison County Supervisors Gerald Steen, District 3 and Ronnie Lott, District 2; Aldermen Brian Ramsey and Ken Heard and David Overby, county administrator.
Cutting the ribbon on Steed Road are, from left, Mike McCollum, City of Ridgeland; Alderman Scott Jones, Rudy Warnock, Jimmy Vickers; Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee; Madison County Supervisors Gerald Steen, District 3 and Ronnie Lott, District 2; Aldermen Brian Ramsey and Ken Heard and David Overby, county administrator.
RIDGELAND - Motorists who frequently travel Steed Road just west of the Renaissance have cause for celebration with a $100,000 bridge refurbishment project complete that had closed the roadway for six weeks.

The deterioration of the wooden beams supporting the structure were in desperate need of replacing, said Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee, and he was pleased by Madison County's efforts in making the much-used bridge safer for motorists.

"The support of the bridge was made out of wood beams and they had deteriorated so it needed to be replaced," McGee said.

"They replaced them with metal support beams and refurbished other parts of the bridge that needed it to make it like brand new. I'm very pleased with the results and they did a great job making it look like new."

Instead of reconstructing the bridge, the county Board of Supervisors made the decision to refurbish the bridge.

By refurbishing the bridge, it saved taxpayers $428,000, with the total cost coming to $102,000, officials said.

Work was completed in less than six weeks. If reconstructed, the cost would have been $530,000 and taken four months to complete.

"They could have just come in and replaced it with a brand new one, but they did it the way they did it and it's a long-lasting bridge that has saved us a lot of money. We are just really pleased with the working relationship with Madison County and what they are doing to assist the city of Ridgeland," McGee said.

County Administrator David Overby said he was also pleased by the project's results and agreed that refurbishing the structure was a good cost-efficient way to make it safer and sturdier. He noted that Steed Road was the third bridge county officials targeted to finish this year.

"It's nice that they did such a great job on this beautiful bridge and refurbishing it saved us a lot of money too. There's no need in replacing the whole thing when some of it is still good and can still be used. It's just good efficient use of taxpayer money," he said.

Work has already been completed on the Moore Avenue 56 Bridge and Moore Avenue 59 Bridge (Livingston and Vernon Road junction).

Overby said bridges that will be repaired/reconstructed next year as a part of the five-year bridge plan have not been determined yet.