Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday afternoon, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 2 and Ward 4 Councilwomen Deborah Delgado and Mary Dryden to announce a $2.7 million water and sewer improvement project for Longleaf Heights North around the West 7th Street corridor.
“The City of Hattiesburg continues to make progress in reducing occurrences of brown water and replacing aging sewer infrastructure in neighborhoods across the city,” said Barker. “The residents of this neighborhood have waited a long time to see it happen, and I am glad they will experience the benefits of this investment.”
This project will reduce the occurrence of brown water by replacing several undersized water lines and complete replacement of the sewer infrastructure.
Affected streets include:
- West 7th Street between North 19th Avenue and Short Columbia Street
- Melba Avenue, between West 7th Street and West 4th Street
- West 6th Street, between Melba Avenue and Oliver Avenue
- West 5th Street, between Presley Drive and Rawls Avenue
- Oliver Avenue, between West 7th Street and West 4th Street
- Gay Avenue, between West 5th Street and West 7th Street
- Rawls Avenue, between West 6th Street and West 5th Street
Because of the magnitude of the project, traffic along West 7th Street will be disrupted and several road closures and detour routes will take place throughout the project. After all work is complete, the sewer lines (which run along the middle of the roads) will take approximately 3 months to settle. New road construction with adequate drainage and paving will take place.
Depending on the weather, this project is estimated to take 9 months to a year from start to finish. The final bid project cost was $2,730,000 and was awarded to Hemphill Construction.