HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A major street repaving project in Hattiesburg is nearing completion.
Details of the plan were laid out by Mayor Toby Barker last fall.
The goal was to repave nearly 50 streets in all five wards by mid-May.
"The weather put us behind in terms of the amount of rain and even the one snow episode and the freeze," said Barker. "However, crews have been working hard and I think we'll finish this first round by mid-May, on schedule."
City officials said all scheduled street work has been completed in Wards One and Five.
Most of the work in Ward Four has been finished and work in Ward Three is nearly complete, except for areas around the Midtown development.
Work in Ward Two began a few days ago.
"One core thing we're trying to go for is equity in infrastructure," Barker said. "We look at the percentage of mileage in each ward as it relates to the entire city and we try to make sure that the amount of investment that we put into a ward mirrors that percentage."
"What you saw in this first round is that Ward One and Ward Five did really well, Ward Three did OK, Ward Two and Four were about what their percentages are in total mileage in the city," Barker added.
Barker said a new list of streets to be repaved is being finalized and will be released soon.
"We've been taking requests from citizens and neighborhoods and council folks for the next round of paving," said Barker. "We hope to release that list by the end of April, at which point, you'll see that work begin at the end of May, the first part of June and that will carry us through the end of the fiscal year in September, at which point, we'll start over again."
Last fall, the City Council approved $2.3 million for street work in fiscal year 2018.
Below is a full list of roads in thee roads that have been repaved and will be repaved as of 3/22/18:
Ward 1 (COMPLETE)
Fair Lake Circle
Lake Estates Drive (north)
Montague Boulevard (USM campus to N 37th Avenue)
Southern Miss Drive
Ward 2 (2 of 10 COMPLETE)
- Short 7th Street
- Short 8th Street
- Short 9th Street
- Morton Street
- Duke Avenue
- Ruby Avenue*
- Magnolia Avenue*
- River Street
Ward 3 (6 OF 9 COMPLETE)
- S 30th Avenue
S 31st Avenue -
S 37th Avenue -
- Chevy Chase Drive
- Sharmont Drive
Merianne Drive -
Lesley Lane –
Ward 4 (7 OF 12 COMPLETE)
- 2nd Avenue (Hardy to W Pine) (prepped this week and will be paved by next week, pending weather)
- 3rd Avenue (prepped this week and will be paved by next week, pending weather)
- 5th Avenue (prepped this week and will be paved by next week, pending weather)
- 8th Avenue (prepped this week and will be paved by next week, pending weather)
- Corinne St (Hardy to 3rd Avenue) (prepped this week and will be paved by next week, pending weather)
1st Terrace -
2nd Terrace -
3rd Terrace -
Dearborne Street -
Dixie Avenue -
N 11th Avenue -
N 17th Avenue -
Ward 5 (COMPLETE)
Breland Street -
Ollie Street -
Annie Christie Lane -
Jervis Mims Road -
Highland Avenue -
Satchel Road -
Stepts Avenue -
Travillion Road –
*Sections of these streets are in Ward 5
Source: City of Hattiesburg