RIDGELAND — Trucks and the Highland Colony roundabout came up again among aldermen this week, as officials sought clarity on policy.

While no action was taken, officials thought it was important to “re-clarify” previously-approved truck routes for work on the Highland Colony Parkway south of the roundabout, including the Costco development for a specific company involved in the project.

After the meeting, Mayor Gene McGee said that the truck routes had not changed, though some details that included a turnaround that developers did not intend to use was removed from the official agreement.

“Basically, the public works department has the authority to issue truck route permits and there had been some confusion so we made sure it said what we originally agreed on where trucks would come in from the south but could go north to exit onto the interstate,” McGee said.

The lone regular agenda item read, "re-clarify truck route for Hemphill Construction."

The particular route that was addressed was approved 4-3 in June and pertains to Hemphill Construction trucks working on the Renaissance Phase III — or Costco — development set to carry 33,980 loads, mostly dirt, out of the work site to I-55 beside a portion of the roundabout just north of the development.

Ward 1 Alderman Ken Heard, Alderman-at-large D.I. Smith and Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey voted against the route in June.

Trucks are required to access the site on Highland Colony from I-220 to the south and would only be allowed to use the northbound, eastern most lane that doesn’t involve the roundabout.

A similar motion passed along similar lines in May that would allow Foley Products to deliver 30 loads of pipe to the site through similar means on a similar route.

Heard had mentioned the route in the last meeting in November saying that he had noticed trucks going along unapproved routes, but noted the issue had been addressed by the public works and police departments.

Smith proposed an item for future consideration that would put up signs on Highland Colony Parkway instructing business-related, heavy-laden trucks to keep to the right hand lane, essentially following the approved construction route.

“If we put up signs that say ‘keep to the right lane,’ is that something we can enforce,” Smith asked Police Chief John Neal.

Neal said the correct signage would be something they could enforce.

“I agree with that,” McGee said.