Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carrol, Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden, Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown and neighborhood representatives to announce water improvement projects for three Hattiesburg neighborhoods: Shadow Wood, Audubon-Westwood and Country Club Road.
“For the past two and a half years, our administration and city council have worked together to proactively replace undersized water lines throughout the city – often the main cause of brown water. These three projects will make significant progress toward eliminating these undersized lines while providing more consistent pressure and fewer occurrences of brown water,” said Barker.
For Country Club Road, the project includes the complete replacement of the existing line along Country Club Road and replacing undersized 2” lines along Donald Street, Coleman Street, Baxter Street, Amos Street, Barry Street, Scooba Street and Florence Street. These all tie into Country Club Road to the north, and they will be upgraded to 6” and 8” lines where appropriate. A portion of the lines along Eastside Street and Townsend Street will also be upgraded.
This project costs $638,327.25 and has an anticipated finish date by late Summer.
For Audubon-Westwood, undersized 2” lines will be replaced with 6” and 8” lines along Pineview Drive, Evergreen Lane, Woodhaven Drive, Ridgeway Lane and the southernmost parts of South 19th Avenue and the Terraces. This project is scheduled to begin in March, with estimated completion by early fall.
For Shadow Wood, undersized lines will be replaced with properly sized lines in places where needed along Shadow Wood Drive and Huckleberry Lane to reduce water leaks. This construction will begin in late spring and be completed by the middle of fall.
These two projects are a part of the same construction project and the total cost is $884,981.68.
“While we expect minimal disruption to water service – except for when connecting existing lines to new lines – each project will come with its own inconveniences. We ask that you continue to have patience with us as we improve our aging infrastructure where necessary.”
After line installation and testing, any yard disruptions will be replaced by the contractor to how they were before the project began.