News Flash

City News Stories

Posted on: June 15, 2020

MLK Drive construction project begins Monday, June 15

MLK Project area

A $2.4 million construction project that will reconstruct a major road and build a new roundabout at a busy intersection starts Monday, June 15 in Jackson. The work is happening on S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between E. Mason and E. Morrell streets. Crews will fully reconstruct the roadway with new underground infrastructure and pavement, along with constructing a roundabout at the intersection of S. MLK Drive and E. Morrell Street.  The project is expected to wrap up in late October. 

This construction project will have a big impact on this area both under and above ground. The 101 year old cast iron water main and 113 year old brick sanitary sewer will both be replaced with updated materials. The roadway will see new pavement, curbs, sidewalks, driveway approaches, lighting, and traffic signals. Work will first focus on constructing the roundabout so traffic can resume on E. Morrell. 

The $2,495,962 project is taking funds from multiple sources, with $180,335 coming from special tax assessments, $733,750 from the federal government, $362,634 from City water funds, $283,763 from City sewer funds, and $935,480 from the City street funds. 

This section of S. MLK Drive connects the downtown area to Jackson’s south side neighborhood and business district. The construction project will improve the connection between these two areas and provide a gateway to the south side neighborhood. The roundabout will act as a traffic calming tool and mirror roundabout design in other areas of Jackson. This new investment in the area is happening as City leaders are also working on creating initiatives to support existing businesses and attract new ones to the MLK Drive corridor. In May, the City Council formed a new public park along this stretch of MLK Drive, named Workers Memorial Park, using property from the former McCulloch Elementary School. 

The intersection of S. MLK and E. Morrell will be closed to traffic through August. S. MLK in this area will be closed through late Oct. Detours will be posted. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained during the construction. Residents wanting weekly construction updates may email Assistant City Engineer Troy White to sign up for email updates. Questions about the project should be directed to the Engineering Division at 517-788-4160. 

MLK map new

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News Stories

Census sign

Be counted! Respond to the U.S. Census

Posted on: September 9, 2020
8-11-20 meeting

Jackson City Council Sept. 8, 2020 Meeting

Posted on: September 8, 2020
Fall newsletter video still

Fall 2020 Newsletter now available!

Posted on: September 4, 2020
8-11-20 meeting

Jackson City Council Aug. 11 Meeting

Posted on: August 11, 2020
census 2

Be Counted in the 2020 U.S. Census!

Posted on: April 1, 2020
Leaf vacuum equipment gets ready to suck up a pile of leaves

Loose leaf collection update

Posted on: March 6, 2020
Image of Mayor Dobies standing and speaking at the State of the city event.

Watch the 2020 State of the City Address

Posted on: February 28, 2020
Jackson City Council 2-25-20 meeting

Jackson City Council Feb. 25, 2020 meeting

Posted on: February 25, 2020
the city council chambers full of people for a city council meeting

Jackson City Council Feb. 11, 2020 meeting

Posted on: February 11, 2020
City Hall winter spring

City of Jackson warns of email scam

Posted on: February 4, 2020