RIDGELAND — The city hopes to extend multi-use paths in the city in 2020 with the help of different grant opportunities. 

The Public Works Director Mike McCollum presented options for two projects to board members at last week’s Tuesday night meeting. He said that approval of these projects was necessary to secure grant money including $480,000 in Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization funds and $120,000 in grant monies from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. MPO funds will require a 20-percent match from the city.

“We need to get something on paper so that when we fill out the grants we can show that we are committed to starting these projects when we get the money,” McCollum said.

Aldermen unanimously agreed to identify a connector for the Copper Ridge multi-use path and an extension of the McClellan Drive multi-use path as projects for possible funding.

“These are projects we have talked about for a long time,” McCollum said.

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier said that the projects would alleviate current pressures on foot traffic and make traversing those parts of town more efficient.

The McClellan Drive project is estimated at $673,070 and the Copper Ridge project is estimated at $463,000.