Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Update on North State Street Projects

The city of Jackson issued the following statement. 

Reconstruction work has begun on the section of State Street between Northside Drive and Meadowbrook Road. This section has been reduced to from four lanes to two lanes during reconstruction. Construction crews are demolishing and rebuilding the west half of the old road including the old water, sewer and drainage lines. The reconstructed street will have 3 lanes (1 lane in each direction and a center turn lane), new traffic signals for both Northside Drive and Meadowbrook Road and a new sidewalk and multi-use path. Motorists should reduce speed in the construction zone and watch for workers and construction vehicles close to traffic lanes.

Here is an update on the rest of the project:

Hartfield Street to Meadowbrook Road: All water, sewer and drainage work on the east half of the street is complete south of Choctaw Road with work underway between Choctaw Road and Meadowbrook Road. Construction crews are progressing with installing new base material and constructing the new curb and gutter along the east half of the street. Construction of new driveways and the new sidewalk/multi-use path is scheduled to begin November. Construction on the replacement traffic signal at Ridgeway Street is slated to begin in mid-October.

Northside Drive to Sheppard Road: Heavy construction on this section is nearing completion. New traffic signals at Broadmoor Drive and Fire Station 7 have been turned on and are operating. The street will remain two lanes instead of three lanes due to additional work scheduled along the west side of the street. Final paving on this section will be done at the end of the project.
The State Street Reconstruction Project is funded by a TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration and Mississippi Department of Transportation providing grant oversight. The project is also funded by the 1% Municipal Special Sales Tax and other City funds.

Meanwhile, residents are understandably frustrated with the progress of the work. 




 

17 comments:

Cynical Sam said...

Woo hoo, paid for with a federal grant. Translation: Money borrowed from Communist China.

Anonymous said...

Did they ever finish the stretch from just north of Pig & Pint to Meadowbrook?

Anonymous said...

Mr. KF- didnt know where else to post this, Do you have any new information on ADARA Networks? Are the local investors still SOL?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the new road will only be three lanes. That is idiotic! I grew up in that area in the 50's and 60's and well remember when North State and Northside Drive were both 2 lane roads and there was a 4 way stop at the intersection. Why are the reducing the number of travel lanes. I guess the same engineer designed this as did the cluster F^&@ traffic circles on Capitol St. Leave it to Jackson to take 2 steps backwards and then 2 more backwards. Geez Louise!

Anonymous said...

The first poster mentioned Communist China. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is going to make you apologize for disparaging the Chinese government.

Anonymous said...

Cynical Sam @12:07, Basketball is the opium of the masses.

Anonymous said...

2:00PM

Get out of the 50s maybe?

Anonymous said...

To the amateur traffic engineer @ 2:00:

In the 1950s and 1960s when Jackson was growing rapidly and the interstate system had not yet been built, State Street (US 51) was the main artery for people wanting to travel from New Orleans to Memphis and 4 lanes would have been necessary. Since the advent of the interstate highway system and Jackson now shedding 5% of it’s population every year, that stretch of road only carries an average of 8,100 vehicles per day. If you were to assume 20% of that traffic comes during the peak hours, that is 6,500 vehicles over the remaining 16 hours of the typical daily travel, which equates to around 400 vehicles in both directions per hour. You don’t need 4 lanes to allow 200 vehicles in one direction in one hour.

So, leave the traffic analysis to the engineers and they won’t bother you as you try to free your head from your corn shoot.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the city, its contractors and the 1% commission for getting on the same page and making something happen!!! And a reminder to the critics and naysayers. Progress takes time but the city is finally on the move with badly needed street projects!!

Anonymous said...

Cynical Sam .....let me help you. We (YOU) go to Walmart and purchase stuff made in China. Walmart sends your US dollars to China to pay for the stuff you bought. China has a choice - They can sell your dollars and buy the Chinese currency thus reducing the value of the dollar and raising the value of their currency and making that stuff YOU buy more expensive..... or, they can invest your dollars in US Treasury notes and bonds keeping our interest rates low and the price of their goods competitive. The Chinese are rational. They buy our Treasury notes and bonds to keep the prices of their products competitive and our rates low so that YOU will buy more of their stuff. Understand ? You’re welcome.

Anonymous said...

We need four lanes because there are so many people in Jackson who drive about 5 mph on that road. And there’s a guy on ND who has a fit every time someone uses the turn lane to pass a car or bicycle obstructing traffic by going so slowly. God only knows why that’s his biggest problem.

Anonymous said...

In the top photo, one man is leaning on a push broom and three are making sure he doesn't fall down.

Wimpy Needs A Burger said...

I'm taking my wife to Krystal on North State for our anniversary in November. Can you tell me when this section will be passable?

Anonymous said...

State from Hartfield to Meadowbrook was 2 lanes on the late 80s and early 90s.

It was poorly 4 laned in the late 90s with little room for cars and poles.

It needs to move back to 2 lanes with a turn lane in the middle.

Same all the way to Northside.

It’s residential and should not be a main artery

Anonymous said...

It’s residential and should not be a main artery

'Main arteries are dictated by cars driven by people, not by whim or wish or suggestion. Even poorly designed, inadequate roadways become 'main arteries' depending on where people live, where they're going, where they work and other such minutia.

Anonymous said...

Old Canton Road between Lakeland and Northside was reduced from four lanes to three back in the 90's. Like North State, it formerly carried a lot of traffic which eventually migrated to the interstate. It's worked out great, in part by slowing the traffic down, which is a good thing. If you want to go somewhere fast, get your butt on I-55.

Anonymous said...

You can't go fast on 55 in Jackson. There is ALWAYS a wreck at the waterworks curve.

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