$1.9M for Lake Harbour turn lanes
RIDGELAND — Design work has begun on improvements to the Lake Harbour/Highway 51 intersection with a $1.9 million expansion of turns lane onto Highway 51 southbound.
With the expansion of Lake Harbour Drive west to the Highland Colony in 2020, traffic flow has increased at the intersection with frequently congestion.
The turn lanes on Lake Harbour eastbound will be expanded beside the old City Hall building, officials say.
Public Works Director Alan Hart said the project will deepen the lanes and increase the number of vehicles that can turn left and go south on Highway 51 from Lake Harbour.
“These lane improvements will help facilitate more capacity in the eastbound Lake Harbour Drive left turn lane,” Hart said.
Construction should begin in about a year from now, Hart said. The city of Ridgeland has been working on the project since Lake Harbour was extended.
Of the total anticipated $1.9 million cost, the city has a $1,035,000 grant from the Metropolitan Planning Organization dedicated to the project.
Baker Engineering is the engineer who is on schedule to complete the necessary design and grant-related steps of the process, Hart said.