Green Street project nears end

TUPELO – A $1.7 million drainage-improvement project along South Green Street should be complete by early fall.
Work crews already have installed larger culverts and pipes along the west side of Green and opened up some drainage ditches by the railroad tracks, said Tupelo Public Works Department Project Manager Charlie England.
They still must install new pipes along the east side of Green before the project ends.
The work will ease frequent flooding that occurs in that area during heavy rainfalls.
“There is a big improvement already, and we’re not even through with it yet,” England said. “When we get through with the whole thing there will be a big difference.”
The area starts at Kings Creek and extends south to Eason and Cliff Gookin boulevards and includes the streets connecting South Green to South Gloster.
“It’s been a problem for years, but with new construction and new buildings going up in the area it continues to make matters worse,” said Sid Russell, director of the city’s Public Works Department.
Arlington, Tenn.-based Enscor won the job in March and began work in April.
The city will pay 25 percent of the project’s cost; the rest will be funded through a federal grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Emily Le Coz / NEMS Daily Journal