WEI/IMS, II LLC, are proud to announce the opening of Hinds Parkway Segment Two. Construction began in July 2017 and finished ahead of schedule in August 2019.
County officials held a ribbon-cutting this morning at the section of the parkway that includes approximately 3.24 miles of roadway beginning at the intersection of Davis Road and extending northwest to Parks Road. With project cost totaling $28 million, the economic and energy efficiency impacts of this project will be valuable not only to the county but to the surrounding communities and the greater metropolitan area.
“The parkway is viewed as a critical economic development element for the metropolitan area,” said Hunter Arnold, VP at Waggoner Engineering. “Key leaders have envisioned this as the catalyst to industrial, retail, and residential developments all along the parkway.”
The Byram-Clinton Corridor was conceived in 1988 through a transportation and energy savings initiative by Hinds County and the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development (now the Mississippi Development Authority) as a multi-modal transportation corridor designed to enhance both economic development and energy efficiency. The board adopted the Hinds County Comprehensive Plan in September 2002 and identified the corridor as its number one transportation priority.
The overall corridor consists of an 18-mile, 40-mph maximum speed, multi-lane, “parkway” style roadway. Two 12-foot lanes in both directions will be divided by a 24-foot raised median with curb and gutter. The design includes separated multi-use trails and access limitation to promote public safety and enhanced levels of service. The corridor is designed to be integrated into the existing fabric of the communities it connects, creating opportunities for economic development where appropriate, environmental and community preservation, and recreational opportunities.