City of Ridgeland Public Works Department employee Raoul Garcia worked on handicap accessible sidewalks at intersections along West Jackson Street on Wednesday.
City of Ridgeland Public Works Department employee Raoul Garcia worked on handicap accessible sidewalks at intersections along West Jackson Street on Wednesday.
RIDGELAND — A milling and overlay project on West Jackson Street here that was originally estimated to be completed at the end of July resumed this week.

For over a month, orange cones separated the major thoroughfare but work stalled after it initially began on July 17.

According to Ridgeland Public Works Director Mike McCollum, the delay was related to the ongoing Colony Park Boulevard construction project.

McCollum said the contractor, Eutaw Construction, needed every available crew member in order to meet a November deadline to accommodate upcoming railroad construction work.

“It was a critical part of the project so that caused them to shift some workers,” McCollum said. “It was an all hands on deck situation.”

The West Jackson Street project is a maintenance project by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The initial timeline was for work to begin on July 17 and end on July 27.

Weather permitting, McCollum said the project should take about 15 days to complete. This includes an asphalt overlay of the eastbound and westbound lanes, in addition to curb and gutter work.

Keith Kinkade, owner of Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, said that he has been happy to weather some inconveniences in the hopes of a better road in the near future.

He said the road is used as a major shipping thoroughfare to access Highway 51 and other parts of the city and receives considerable wear and tear.

“It's like painting a building. It won’t look good until it is done, but once it is done it will hopefully look better than before,” Kinkade said. “We are a destination spot. People come here to see me and my staff and we make them comfortable when they get here.”

He said he received due notice of the work from MDOT and city officials.

“I obviously can’t wait for them to finish, but I think they are doing a terrific job and am more than happy to suffer a little inconvenience for a great result,” he said.