By By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Officials are studying three proposals that are on the table for improving traffic in Saltillo.
Randy Hathcock of Engineering Solutions Inc. presented drawings Monday to aldermen for the first three road improvements in the Saltillo Transportation Enhancement Program.
The projects are in preliminary stages and have not been bid out to developers so Hathcock said the costs can and will change. The costs he presented are “ballpark” estimates.
To improve traffic flow at the Mobile Street and Cartwright Avenue intersection, Hathcock presented a design with the addition of a turning lane from Mobile Street onto Cartwright Avenue. That first project is projected to cost $142,000.
A second project will involve turning Highway
145, in the area near the Highway 45 intersection and McDonald’s, into a five-lane road. The five lane improvement could cost the city between $550,000 and $620,000.
Plans include aesthetic improvements like sidewalks, lighting and gutters.
The third improvement project, which aldermen expect to undertake last, will widen Highway 145 from Mobile Street to Hill Street, making it three lanes. Widening Highway 145 from Mobile Street to Hill Street is estimated to cost $1.5 million.
That project is slated to go last so the Mississippi Department of Transportation can complete a traffic study on that area.
On May 15, the Board of Aldermen will vote to set a referendum date which will allow residents to decide if they want to implement an 8-mill tax
increase to pay for the road improvements.