Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Northside Repaving to Begin

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

Monday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced that repaving has begun on Northside Drive between State Street and I-55/Frontage Road. The $2.4 million project has been made possible through the 1% Sales Tax Commission and funding made available to the Mississippi Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway Administration.

“Anyone who has traveled Northside Drive in recent months or in the last couple of years, know the terrible condition this road is in. So this is truly an excited day and we’re happy we have arrived here. We look forward to the project going forward”, said Mayor Lumumba.

“This is a very important thoroughfare and it just means so much to many, many people out there. I just want to add that the work of the 1% commission along with the Mayor and what he’s doing, and the City, and Bob, and all the folks that are working so diligently right now – we’re going to be able to do even more in the future. And, it was the Mayor’s idea that we could leverage some money out there and do more for the people of this great city, and that’s what we’ll be doing very, very shortly”, added Duane O’Neill of the 1% Sales Tax Commission.

The road work will cover approximately 1.25 miles of road and will begin with making improvements to the sidewalks along the route to ensure ADA compliance. Actual paving work is anticipated to begin in the fall, weather permitting. Residents living alongside this stretch of Northside Drive will be impacted by the roadwork and are advised to use an alternate route. Completion of this project is expected by late Spring 2020.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thing is, they will just do a mediocre job at best. Just an overlay that will be tearing up within 8 months.

Anonymous said...

Yes, thanks Mayor. A lot less bumpy of a ride back over after robbing and shooting around Ridgewood and Old Canton.

Anonymous said...

So, the city is paying $325.00 per linear foot to recycle this asphalt road. Who is getting that sweetheart contract???? Oh yeah, there will probably be an additional fee due to unexpected and unforseen issues.

Stuff About ZeroBear PolyBear said...

A really good get-away route that was difficult to navigate due to the constant weaving required to dodge the potholes. Good thinking Mayor.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, I see what you are saying now. There are some commenters on this blog that will never have anything positive to say, regardless of what the story is about and/or how positive it is. I'm no fan of Jackson and its leadership, but what's wrong with a street that is badly in need of repair getting repaved and paid for with taxes that they collected to be used for that very purpose?! There are some folks that you could give a gold brick to, and they'd have a problem with it.

Anonymous said...

Fixing State Street in a reasonable amount of time instead of starting a new project would have made too much sense.

Anonymous said...

I bet the "reverend" and Fat Albert can't wait to talk about this project.

Anonymous said...

I travel this road daily. GREAT.

4 comments and not one positive... you guys can go f- yourself. You can't even acknowledge when something good happens.

Anonymous said...

Mill Street- Ellis north of JR Lynch and Medgar Evers need to be next- IMO

Anonymous said...

A Lumumba press release replete with some gratuitous butt kissing by Duane O'Neill. Two big talking do-nothing birds of a feather flocking together.

Anonymous said...

This is not something to cheer about. It is really rather pathetic. I can assure that no mayor of any major city in the country would have to make such an announcement. There is a collective Stockholm syndrome here. Would you also cheer the mayor if he announced tomorrow that as a result of our taxes and payments, he can assure that at least 360 days a year the city will have drinking water?

Anonymous said...

Hey, ANONYMOUS at 3:40. This contract that you call a sweetheart deal was issued as a result of a public bid process with multiple bids received. The specifications were required to meet the rules of MDOT, not the City of Jackson, since it is being partially funded with federal dollars. There is much more included than just repaving of this road surface.

Don't know how you came about with your $325/foot cost analysis, but I'll bet it isn't based on a damn thing other than your trying to count your fingers and toes to do the math.

Frankly, I'm glad to see this project - and others like it that are underway - being done. You and the other complainers on this blogsite can bitch all you want. Obviously that and eating cheetos on your couch are the only pleasure you find in life. If you think the price is too high, get into the business and turn in your lower bid.

Why don't you wipe the leftover cheese off your face, and whatever other body parts that might have been affected and try to do something positive for a change. Or if you can't accomplish that, just shut the f' up.

In the meantime, despite the fact that I'm not a fan of the Mayor who enjoys a camera every chance he can get in front of one, am happy to know that this project is underway.

Anonymous said...

Mill street was done
Go check it out

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! The Mayor and all involved can't help but pat themselves on the back for doing something that SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LOOONNNGGG TIME AGO by the leaders of this city.

Instead, they act like this was an extreme act of kindness instead of acknowledging that THIS is where a lot of our taxes should have been spent/allocated quite a long time ago and that it should have been on the top of our city's list to do so.

Well...BRAVO...FINALLY. Thanks for simply doing the job you were elected top do!

Anonymous said...

To 5:41pm:

EXACTLY...this announcement was really quite amazing to me. I totally agree with your assessment.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Democrat SUCCESS! He can get roads paved! What CAN'T he do?

Anonymous said...

Any progress, particularly important thoroughfares like north side.
It also provides numbers. Obviously, curbs, gutters, Lights etc vary. $200 K per tenth of a mile.
Conservatively guessing that Jackson has at least 100 miles of roads in dire need of paving. I have no idea if these numbers

Are right but 200 million seems insurmountable without federal help.

Is there an audit or report that provides figures in miles and dollars
Of roadways and bridges needing repair for the entire city/county?

Anonymous said...

At least their paving roads and not wasting money on Dog Parks.

Anonymous said...

The "Hate Jackson" people sure do remind me of the "Hate Trump" people. This type of hate is destructive and certainly not American in any form or fashion.

Anonymous said...

You can't even acknowledge when something good happens.

Road maintenance is blocking and tackling. The dysfunction is so extreme Jacksonians applaud when the city demonstrates the ability to complete even a basic task.

Anonymous said...

O'Neill is giddy that Antar
is going to take on even more debt.

Note to Legislature: Debt service
should not be an allowable usage
of special taxation.

Anonymous said...

There are many beautiful homes for sale in Jackson and the prices continue to fall. Can somebody give me a clue as to what parts of Jackson have a future? Where can I start a family? I would like to avoid rape snd murder as well as property crime.

This is a serious question.

Anonymous said...

At least the Hate Trump people have a point.

The Truth Hurts (Because it should) said...

"Unexpected" cost over-runs in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Flee the land, by any means necessary said...

Wow, the mayor did the bare minimum and performed a basic and expected function of city government, maybe we should have a parade or throw a gala! Is this what the city has become, celebrating nonsense, should we be surprised and impressed?

To quote Chris Rock "What do you want, a cookie?"

How about working on the hard problems like crime, hey Ebony, how's that conflict resolution program coming? Or are you going to follow in the footsteps of Chirlane McCray (DeBlasio's wife) and just steal the money, although there's not much to steal in Jackson...

And where in the hell is that pothole machine??

Anonymous said...

We'll see if they fixed the underlying infrastructure before repaving. Note that the dumb asses are already tearing up Capitol Street in downtown.

EX Resident said...

You bunch of sad snowflakes that are upset with the ones making what you call negative comments are not from 'round these parts. We are not making negative comments but merely making observations of "improvements" made in the past. We've seen way too often something being "fixed" only to tear up a short time later. And, deep inside, we are hoping the right person reads these comments and insures the past is not repeated.
I will give you one example. We all know there are many more.
Ellis Ave. at Westland Plaza. That section has been resurfaced so many times that what was the curbs are now open gutters. Under all of that material is a center turn lane curb. But it has been long ago buried under asphalt.

Anonymous said...

Fixing State Street in a reasonable amount of time instead of starting a new project would have made too much sense.

State Street falls under the purview of the Capital City Complex, the state is handling that

Anonymous said...

That stretch of Northside is damn near a gravel road. It desperately needs paving, and not just a patch job. I agree that this is a long time coming, but at least they're addressing it. Yarber didn't. Johnson damn sure didn't. Melton didn't. You'd probably have to go back to the Danks administration to find the last time Northside had real road maintenance and not just a pothole brigade.

Anonymous said...

Remember when roads were just re-paved without any press releases or fanfare because it was just the government doing its job?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the only reason this is being done is to facilitate the Sunday night races that terrorize Fondren every week.

Anonymous said...

Everyone should remember, Lumumba isn't the one who got us here, he's at least getting SOME shit done. If you want to get to the bottom, on this blog, search 'Harvey Johnson Road' and see what comes up.

You f-ing people, man.

Anonymous said...

who is the contractor company that got the job? I hope not the same Inferior Asphalt company that took over a year to do Ridgewood Road.

Anonymous said...

Roflmao. So mayor announces repavement of Northside drive and the problem crowd says he’s just doing what he was elected to do, what do you want a cookie, etc. Bramlett announces guy gets 25 years and it’s good job. Madison justice. Go get em RPD. Although they are all doing the job they were elected/hired to do this is still good news. People bitch and moan and complain when things aren’t handled right. It’s only right that you give at least some praise when things go as they are supposed to. If all you do is complain people will stop taking you serious.

Anonymous said...

At least he didn’t bitch about it like Mayor Mary did on Highland Colony. You couldn’t go a hundred yards without seeing a sign that said “This is the Board of Supervisors responsibility, not the City of Madison” !

Anonymous said...

Please remember to put the manhole covers back in place.

Anonymous said...

@2:20, I’m sure you meant to say “maintenance hole.” Using cis-gender language will not be tolerated in New Jack Radical city.

Anonymous said...

Most of you in the "New Minority" have left Jackson, so do why do you keep worrying about it? Oh forgot you still depend on that job in Jackson. Maybe the city should lobby for a city payroll tax. Then you would have a voice. As it stands nobody cares.

Anonymous said...

@4:24, so you equate paying taxes with having a voice, so by your reasoning all of the folks who pay no income or property taxes (working poor, public wards, and renters) would lose their "voice" or perhaps their vote? Your idea is tantamount to a modern day poll tax. Please clarify.

Can you imagine if a commuter tax and city payroll tax were levied...in a few months Jackson would look like a scene from the movie I Am Legend. Agencies would relocate outside of Jackson and businesses would follow, but I bet there would be all kinds of exemptions for the privileged folk. The tax would become a penalty for those who don't have the financial resources to leave the city and the poor would get poorer, and well, you know the rest.

Great idea! Next!

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