Good afternoon, Taylorsville! It's a great day here in southern Smith County and the Office of the Mayor would like to remind everyone about some major infrastructure projects that will impact citizens over the coming months.
The mayor's would first like to remind residents that the fastest way to bring issues in your neighborhood to the city's attention is to call city hall at 601-785-6531 and request a work order with the Department of Public Works. After this is completed, we will work diligently to get a team dispatched out to investigate the problem.
State Route 28 Intersection Improvement Project
You may have noticed things are beginning to change in downtown! Southern Pine Electric Power just moved to their brand-new facility on SR 28, and that means that the Mississippi Department of Transportation is about to begin work on a multi-million dollar project to fix our four-way stop!
This project will involve bringing State Route 28 into the intersection with State Route 37 about 600 ft south of its current intersection, removing the need to make two turns to continue east or west on State Route 28. This project will also add a red-light at this intersection, and dedicated turn lanes to better improve traffic flow. In addition, MDOT will be improving drainage, replacing signage, and overlaying on both SR 28 and SR 37. This project is scheduled to be let to contract in November of this year, with construction beginning early 2020.
Of course, we will keep you informed of any major traffic delays or detours that are necessary because of this work.
In relation to the four-way stop project, you may see city employees out and about making repairs to water lines and fixing leaks in preparation for the realignment of SR 28. These repairs will not only increase the reliability of the city's aging water distribution system, but they will ensure that the project does not interfere with the burdens of moving a heavily-traveled highway. Mississippi Power has also been working to set new poles along both SR 28 and SR 37 in preparation for the project.
This project is long-overdue and will bring much needed improvements and economic development to our community. It will also provide our town with new beauty as Main Street is resurfaced and revitalized.
State Route 37 Chip-Seal Project
MDOT will begin applying a chipseal to State Route 37 over the next week or so from the Taylorsville city limits north to County Road 91. This process will involve replacing failed asphalt with new asphalt, then spraying a liquid asphalt binder to the surface. Gravel is then spread over this binder, compacted, and swept. Chipseals are a great pavement preservation method and can extend the life of a highway by 7-10 years when done correctly.
County Road 21 Chip-Seal Project
The Smith County Board of Supervisors recently completed a chip-seal project on CR 21 from SR 37 in Taylorsville to the Covington County line. Leveling work was preformed on low-spots in the roadway and then a chip-seal was applied. This should restore traction to the worn surface of the road and provide a much smoother travel experience for residents living in that area.
County Road 14 Improvement Project
Work recently wrapped up on a multi-year project to widen and improve County Road 14, a major thoroughfare to the Taylorsville Industrial Park. A few weeks ago, contractors placed down the final permanent striping on the project. This project began several years ago, and involved replacing all cross culverts, adding concrete ditches, widening CR 14, overlaying the road, and then adding rumble strips for improved safety. With these improvements completed, motorists should notice a much better travel experience on CR 14.
We appreciate the communities patience as we work diligently with our state and county partners to provide a better quality of life here in Taylorsville. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us via our "Contact Us" page. Make sure you are following @visittvilems on Twitter and Facebook to get all the latest updates on these projects.
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