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Hinds County paving projects stall without interlocal agreement

Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. Source: WLBT Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. Source: WLBT
Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. Source: WLBT Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. Source: WLBT
Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. Source: WLBT Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. Source: WLBT
HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) -

Hinds County officials say their offer to help the city of Jackson pave roads has stalled. 

They say all they need is the Mayor's signature to start the work, but the Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says federal requirements must be met before the work can be done.

Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham says he has $5 million to pave 23 streets in his district -- roads that are all in bad shape.

The project hasn't gotten off the ground because city officials say they have federal guidelines that must be followed before they allow the county to do the work. 

"These are roads where there are potholes," said Graham. "Where there are multiple potholes, where it's a danger."

City officials say they can't immediately sign an interlocal agreement to green light the work because they are under an ADA Transition plan and that provides constraints on how and when paving projects like this can move forward.

"All of these streets don't have sidewalks, so there are no ADA issues," explained Graham. " We need to make sure were not making excuses, get it done, because now people are losing their life over streets and this should not be happening in the city of Jackson."

The city says they are appreciative of the county's efforts to help improve the infrastructure and residents are hoping they take them up on the offer.

The city says they're now holding meetings with county officials to develop a template for all interlocal agreements to speed up joint projects in the future. 

With the conditions of the roads and the street related accident last week that claimed the life of Jackson teen Frances Fortner, county leaders say they want to make travel safer for local motorists.

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