Ridge Road would be better if improved, but still costly

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Complaints are part of most any job, no matter if you work in an office, are an elected official or if you’re lucky enough to be self employed.

No matter the category of your job, you will deal with complaints at some point.

Elected officials can attest to that fact more than some, they are elected by the people and therefore answer to their constituents.

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So when the members of the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors addressed concerns posed by the public about Ridge Road through a public meeting, they did their job.

But this isn’t the first time the Board has dealt with the individuals in question.

For back-story, these individuals feel that a gated section of Ridge Road should be public, even though the Board says the road is private according to research.

So, if the county is not maintaining that road using taxpayer funds, and it’s not listed in their files as being public, that should put the matter to rest.

But on a side note, what is of more importance is the fact that the proposed project to improve Ridge Road seems to have been shelved for now.

That plan involved not only repaving the severely dilapidated sections of the road, but relocating the north and south sections where they intersect with Highway 43 South and Highway 607.

We agree that improving Ridge Road would be beneficial, but only for those few people who live along the road or use it on a daily basis to get to their destination.

However, there is one aspect of the proposed project that would benefit the most people, providing an alternate entrance and exit from the shopping centers where Ridge Road and Highway 43 South intersect.

If the county and city could find a way to join forces and improve traffic in that area, many of us would find a trip to that area much less stressful