RIDGELAND — All that is left on the now-open Colony Park Boulevard project is to pay off the new $100,000 Ridgeland High School entrances.

This comes after a utility relocation reimbursement from AT&T was accepted last week.

Public Works Director Mike McCollum said Wednesday that he is waiting on a bill from the Mississippi Department of Transportation in the amount of $99,980. They will have 45 days to pay the bill and will be fully reimbursed by the Madison County School District.

Kalvin Robinson, assistant superintendent with Madison County Schools, said that the new entrances have been a “win-win” for the school district and the city.

“These entrances help tremendously,” Robinson said. “This has given us two entrances and exits so we are able to separate bus traffic and parent or student vehicle traffic in the morning and afternoon. It will also help tremendously when we have big events on campus like during football season.”

He went on to call the roadway and new entrances a “big asset.” He said that Colony Park Boulevard gives them a “straight point” going east and will lead to some riders getting home “earlier and safer.”

Mayor Gene McGee noted at last week’s city board meeting that he was happy to see the long awaited east-west connector project completed.

“This utility reimbursement is one of the final things we have before we can fully be done with the Colony Park Boulevard,” McGee said. “All that is left is some business with the school district concerning their new driveways.”

City officials unanimously accepted the reimbursement form AT&T in the amount of $66,393.74.

“This came in a good bit under what we expected,’ McCollum said.

Original estimates form McCollum and City Engineer Chris Bryson were $96,064, $29,670.26 more than the bottom line.