Work along the highly-anticipated Willie Morris Parkway will remain quiet until after March 15.
“The office of state aid did not allow us the exception for the soil cementing outside of the seasonal limitations,” said city engineer Wayne Morrison, earlier this week. “They will go back to work effectively after March 15.”
Without a special exception from the state, construction on the remaining portion of the Willie Morris Parkway will experience the significant delay due to regulations preventing soil cementing, the process that prepares a road for asphalting, between November and mid March.
Soil cementing is when the dirt is cemented before asphalt can be added. It includes adding about 53 pounds of cement per square yard on the roadway.
Only a portion of the parkway has completed that process. From Highway 3 to Gordon Avenue near Yazoo Valley Electric has not been soil cemented.
The last report of the parkway said the project was 58 percent completed, having used 90 percent of the allotted contract time.
And with 21 inches of rain over the last seven weeks, the Yazoo City project has been at an almost standstill.
“We haven’t done anything because of the rain and wet, cold weather,” Morrison said. “We are really wet around here.”
Morrison said he anticipates the project to be completed about two months after the work crews return in mid-March.