North Hills Project on Hold

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Meridian officials said Wednesday that the North Hills Street widening project is on hold.

The previous administration of John Robert Smith had made that project a high priority.

It would widen the section of North Hills Street from Highway 39 to Poplar Springs Drive.

Mayor Cheri Barry says that there is no money available to do the project, and that it was not a top priority for her administration.

What best describes your opinion of a project to widen a portion of North Hills Street, from Hwy. 39 to Poplar Springs Drive?

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    I think this is pretty elementary. If you don't have the money to go out and eat, then you stay home. If the city is already struggling with a huge debt load (thanks to our wonderful ex mayor JRS), then you put projects on hold. It's not rocket science people.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 at 09:02 PM
    so tired of fools opening up mouth and think they are all that... me first thing longest trailer should be in town is a 40ft and truck route for them will not let them take a turn onto 22nd . Wish people woudl know CDL routes and rules before opening up mouth.. next the high price lights you yip about was again put in by the last mayor.. Valerie fact is no money to spend for the road. has nothing to do about who knows the mayor..
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    Fair enough Mac, Mike, et al...just giving my opinion...that's what this is for I suppose. :) Don't think I'd give Bother Mac and amen though MCS since in my opinion it's not a "waste" of money but rather progress on this little ol' side of town that just happens to be the busiest.
  • by Ms. Common Sense Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    Amen, Mac! Meridian has no traffic issues. I've been up and down North Hills street at all times of the day and night, 7 days a week. "Rush hour" is a little heavier, but I've never seen it be any sort of an issue. Thanks, Mayor Barry, for not wasting money.
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Trash truck was just one example of delays. I suppose I should have said something about safety rather than a trash mistake. Cars pulling out in front of other cars ALL the time - lots of accidents there. As a matter of fact Mac - one there at the top of the hill Tuesday evening around 5:00PM. You're right - minutes to anywhere in the city unless you're on NHS at previously stated times. Some of us can't avoid it regardless of leaving 6 seconds earlier or not. It would take more than minutes to avoid it all together. Thanks Valerie - you're on the mark!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    I don't think think that this is a big deal. I think that the Mayor should focus on the things that really matter in our city and widening North Hills Street is NOT one of them at this time. However, considering the expansion may be ideal down the road but as of now, I am sure that there are more important things to address.
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    Valerie - please do a spell check before submitting. Anonymous - get over the parking garage and stick to the story at hand. That issue is several years old. Mac - right on. ME - I see your point, but once you get off 8th street your still on narrow streets. It is downtown after all. Bill - I travel that road during those very hours. It is indeed busy, but remember the economy is in a down turn which means that budgets are very restricted. I would like to see that road widened myself, but I'd rather see people keep their jobs before a road took that money. So folks give the mayor some slack. I doubt any of you could govern the city business any better if you had to keep the budget balanced and keep employment steady.
  • by Valerie Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    I Think the Mayor do not want to widen that road because she have to many friends in that area who she want to please. Remember she owned a businss over there for years. If a street needs to be widen; North Hill is one. It needs it for all the right reasons. So is it about money or votes. Let's do what is safe and what makes sense.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    If the parking garage was free to the public, it would be used. No one wants to pay to park there while at work.
  • by Mac on Feb 11, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    Really? Complaining about traffic in Meridian? You can be anywhere in the city from almost anywhere else in just minutes. If a trash truck is your biggest traffic concern, maybe leave 6 seconds earlier to makeup for the lost time.
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