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Vicksburg hires local company to repair erosion at City Park



Vicksburg City Park erosion
Erosion at Vicksburg City Park (Photo by David Day)
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The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen has contracted Central Asphalt to mend the erosion problem at City Park, caused by heavy rains earlier this year. These rains, particularly in January, February, and April, led to significant damage, washing away parts of a fence and an asphalt walking trail situated between the skateboard park and the park pavilion.

The repair contract, valued at $32,875, was awarded to Central Asphalt, following recommendations from project engineer TRC Engineers Inc. The funds for these repairs will be sourced from the $33,770 emergency budget allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Central Asphalt’s role will not only cover the erosion damage but also include the restoration of the affected fence and walking trail sections.

The original vision for Washington Street’s renovation comprised repaving it and reducing it to two lanes, complete with a mudslide catch basin. Additionally, the design featured a bicycle lane, a component of a proposed 9.5-mile bike trail navigating through Vicksburg. This trail, starting from the Mississippi Welcome Center on Washington Street and concluding at Haining Road, offers a picturesque journey through Vicksburg’s downtown. The path will integrate seamlessly with the city’s existing downtown walking trails, and cyclists can extend their ride to U.S. 61 North to reach the Great River Road Bike Trail. This bicycle lane aspect of the project, as confirmed by Flaggs, will be retained in the final plans.

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