Southaven residents and visitors to the city should expect to see a cleaner, more modern look along one of its main road arteries by mid-summer 2019 after action taken by the Board of Aldermen this week.
In Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved a bid of $609,037.50 from Lewis Electric of Flowood for what is called “intersection modernization” of the U.S. Highway 51 intersections in Southaven at Main Street, Brookhaven, Rasco and Custer Drives, said Mayor Darren Musselwhite this week.
“This project, combined with the Main Street Pedestrian Project (sidewalks from Highway 51 to Saucier Park at City Hall) and the Main Street Decorative Light Pole Project will also help us continue with our goal of revitalization in our original business district,” Musselwhite said. “All of these will be under construction in 2019.”
Musselwhite stated infrastructure improvement has been a priority of city leaders in recent years to help catch Southaven up in areas it has been lagging in before.
“We still have much work to do, but the progress has been rewarding to see,” Musselwhite explained. “When you say infrastructure improvement most people think of street paving, road widening, and road extensions. All of these are extremely important and part of our plan, but we also have added modernization and alternative transportation projects with sidewalks to make our city more attractive for economic growth.”
Southaven intersections that have been reworked in recent years with federal and state projects are on Goodman and Stateline roads. The city has completed projects at the Stateline/Airways and Highway 51/Mississippi Valley intersections.
Board members also Tuesday awarded bids to Southern Recreation, LLC in the amount of $300,000 and Southern States Construction in the amount of $148,400 for construction of the city’s new special needs playground and site preparation, respectively, at what is called the Field of Dreams at Snowden Grove.
“This state of the art facility offers the most modern features and will be enjoyed by so many children while adding options and convenience to our current special-needs field,” Musselwhite said.
The playground is part of the city’s parks enhancement and expansion plan aldermen approved earlier in the year. The project is paid for with “Penny For the Parks” money from the one-percent restaurant and hotel tax.
Among other city governmental bodies meeting this week, Olive Branch aldermen accepted a recommendation to reject all bids that came in for intersection improvements at Bethel Road and Business Center Drive.
“It was for the westbound lane (of Bethel Road) into the Flying J Truck Stop to help there some,” said Mayor Scott Phillips. “The bids were overbid, we rejected them and will rebid it.”
Hernando aldermen moved on a number of issues, including recognition of the Mayor’s Youth Council and proclaimed Tuesday as Dr. D.D. Sidhu Day. Sidhu is a Hernando resident active in the community who operates pediatric clinics in Southaven, Senatobia and Olive Branch.
Horn Lake board members took a moment from a relatively short meeting Tuesday to recognize the Horn Lake High School football team on its recent state 6A championship victory over Oak Grove (Hattiesburg).
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.