Four major road projects will be underway this year in Madison County as county supervisors move forward with plans to alleviate traffic congestion and flooding issues on key corridors. 

The first major project that will go to construction this year is on Weisenberger Road. The county has received permit approval from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a $1.8 million lane addition and flood relief project.

District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones spearheaded the cause due to flooding during heavy rain events. She said the plans are to start construction immediately following the last day of school this year. 

She said the county hopes to have one lane open during the project so that businesses aren’t impacted as badly during construction. 

Board President Trey Baxter said barring any unforeseen events, Weisenberger should be completed in 6-9 months. 

Baxter said another main project in that area, the Gluckstadt Road improvement project, should begin construction later this summer. 

Baxter said he hopes to finish acquiring right-of-way by April and then have all utilities moved by August, with construction set to begin shortly afterwards. 

The $2.7 million project, which is being financed by a short-term bond, includes adding an additional lane from Distribution Drive to Red Oak. Several commercial driveways will also be re-designed to allow for easier ingress and egress off Gluckstadt Road. 

Supervisors are cautiously optimistic that construction will begin on Reunion Parkway Phase 3 sometime later this year, but it all depends on how quickly right-of-way acquisition takes. 

Jones said they are just waiting for MDOT approval now to start acquiring right-of-way for the project that will connect Parkway East to U.S. 51 at Green Oak. The $10 million project is partially funded by $4 million in federal money. 

Officials estimate utility relocation on the project will be completed in August and construction starting in late-2019 or early-2020.

One project that won’t begin construction until next year is the four-laning of Bozeman Road. 

Baxter said they hope to start the right-of-way acquisition in March. He said that process could take upwards of a year to complete, pushing utility relocation to an estimated completion date of September 2020. 

Baxter said they hope construction will begin in October 2020. The project is estimated to take two years. 

The project entails widening Bozeman Road from two lanes to 4-5 lanes from Mississippi 463 to Gluckstadt Road.