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Jackson officials replace 60 year old water line causing headaches for homeowners

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Tuesday, the city broke ground on the Eastover Drive water main Replacement Project near I-55 north and Frontage road.

Heavy machinery now lines the streets in north Jackson as crews begin the project that will replace a 60-year-old line that has caused constant water disruptions and headaches for those who live and work in the area.

“I grew up here," said resident John Dinkins. "I think it is important to improve the infrastructure.” 

The sound of progress could be heard on Eastover Drive as construction crews prepared to repair the water issues in the area that folks like John Dinkins have dealt with for more than a decade.

“We had continuous leaks, which I don't think is any surprise,” added Dinkins.

“We had a water line that has experienced at least 20 breaks over the last year,” said Mayor Tony Yarber.

Mayor Yarber and city officials said Jackson is using money from its 1 percent tax pot it began growing since 2014 to do the repairs.

“This will be upsizing the water lines to 12 inches basically from Frontage Road to Ridgewood road, which will be a great benefit  to the development we have here such as the District at Eastover, our state facilities and the residential facilities,” said Interim Public Works Director Jerriot Smash.

While people in Eastover area have a lot to celebrate, water main breaks are still a far reaching problem across Jackson.

On the 4th of July, residents on Crepe Myrtle Drive woke up to no water to prepare food or take a shower due to a water main break.

“We are moving as judicially as we can," said Yarber. "Remember, this is the administration who has started to move the needle and we want you to trust us as you always have to make sure that you will not be looking at the same situation on the next five years.”

The price tag on the project is $1.4 million and the Eastover Water Main Replacement project should take around five months to complete.

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