Video: Columbus Council Awards Contract for Road-Improvement Project

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — After 10 years of waiting, a Columbus neighborhood is about to see a major road improvement project.

The council tonight awarded Ripley-based Colon Construction a $755,000 contract to widen 14th Avenue North and fill in a large ditch that runs along the road. A separate contract will be awarded to remove creosote that has seeped from the adjacent former Kerr McGee site.

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Work on both projects could start in October and be finished by next spring.

About six blocks of the busy road will be widened and a turn lane added between 23rd Street North and the railroad tracks.

It’s the first phase of what could be a 10-year plan to clean up neighborhoods around the Kerr McGee plant, which closed 11 years ago only to later be declared a Superfund site.