All but a few thousand dollars of the improvements made to a Canadian National Railway as part of the $23 million Lake Harbour Drive Extension project will be picked up by the state Department of Transportation.

City officials unanimously approved a $128,402.46 payment for track crossing stored materials and initial engineering for improvements that will be made to the railroad crossing for the Lake Harbour Extension project.

MDOT has agreed to reimburse CN direct labor costs, Siemens material costs once delivered to the project site and the freight of only one shipping container excluding the sales tax. Total MDOT reimbursement is $123,304.27. The city will not be reimbursed for the remaining $5,098.19.

The project that started in April entails a new four-lane divided highway that will connect U.S. 51 to the Highland Colony Parkway with an at-grade railroad crossing.

The first phase begins with the construction and replacement of a box culvert underneath the Canadian National Railway.

In addition to the box culvert and the road extension, the project involves construction of a bridge over Interstate 55 and construction of a multi-use trail alongside.

The Mayor and board also approved a Lake Harbour Drive extension contract with Waggoner Engineering, Inc. equal to $318,840.49 on the consent agenda. The city is awaiting MDOT concurrence.

Officials estimate the project to take between 18-24 months.

The project is being funded in part with two federal grants totaling $11 million, $3.3 million in Federal Surface Transportation Program funds administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, $1.5 million from a state bond bill last year, and $1 million from the Madison County Board of Supervisors.

The project was one of several large capital projects that Mayor Gene McGee, who officially won reelection Tuesday after beating his only opponent in the Republican Primary in May, campaigned on. He has said that they expect the project to alleviate several high traffic areas.

Ongoing Lake Harbour improvements go back to a $17.6 million widening project that was included in the 2003 City of Ridgeland Transportation Plan that was completed in 2014. The city paid for roughly $6.9 million of that project. the rest came from federal, state and county coffers.

In other board action:

•    City officials approved declared surplus property for the Police Department that included two 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycles to be returned to Harley Davidson at the conclusion of a lease agreement and two X26P Tasers to be returned for replacements.

•    Accepted a donation from Cline Tours to RPD in the amount of $1,000 to be deposited in the donation fund account.

•    Approved an event permit for the Mississippi Hispanic Association’s Run to the Latin Beat 5k scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at old Trace Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Police Chief John Neal said that they expect about 165 participants. Neal said the event will not generate overtime and an on duty officer will assist runners crossing Post Road to and from the multi use trail.

•    Authorized Mayor Gene McGee to sign a change order with Hemphill Construction for phase one of the City Center Site Development to coincide with a lease agreement for the temporary surplus site.

•    Approved preliminary plat and covenants for the North Livingston Trails.

•    Accepted checks from ARES Holding, LLC in the amount of $17 and $43 for Keep Ridgeland Beautiful.

•    Approved payment of an invoice to Canadian National Illinois Central Railroad for Lake Harbour Drive extension at Grade Crossing Improvements equal to $128,402.46.

•    Approved an entertainment contract for the Celebrate America Balloon Glow which includes $20,000 paid to artist Joe Diffie.

•    Accepted the May 2017 privilege license report.

•    Approved a memorandum of understanding between the Mississippi Transportation Commission and the city.