New traffic lights up at Costco on Highland Colony Parkway


RIDGELAND — Permanent traffic lights are up at the entrance to the Costco on the Highland Colony Parkway but the lights will not be in operation until May, officials said.

The traffic lights will replace temporary traffic signals that were installed last March when the store opened because ordering the antique-looking traffic signal poles was the long-term delay, said Chris Trebisky, a senior project engineer with Neel-Schaffer.

The new lights were 100% paid for through $926,000 in grants from the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation as part of a Local Public Agency project, said Mike McCollum, Ridgeland Public Works director.

Only a few companies make the traffic light poles Ridgeland has made the standard throughout the city and the poles have to be made to order, according to Trebisky.

The city applied for the MDOT grant for Renaissance Phases III and IV approximately 18 months ago, Trebisky said.

In the interim, Costco put in the temporary traffic lights, Trebisky said.

While the new lights are installed on the poles, electronics still need to be installed and then the lights have to go through a 30-day test period, McCollum said. The lights should be operational by May, he said.

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