The next phase of the McIngvale Road realignment was discussed by Hernando city officials Tuesday during a special called meeting.
The local project agreement between Pickering Engineering and the City of Hernando was extended through this year.
The five-lane road which will connect the planned exit off Interstate 269 to a newly-aligned configuration of McIngvale to Commerce Street is seen as the city's new eastern corridor and eyed as an economic catalyst and transportation route to alleviate traffic off congested Commerce Street.
As discussed by city officials, Madison Moore Investments, LLC, has agreed to pay for additional engineering costs related to the widening of the road, which will traverse the planned Madison Lakes subdivision, long moth-balled due to the economic recession of 2008.
The McIngvale Realignment Project has been on the drawing board for some time.
"We hope to bid out the project in January," Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson said Tuesday. "We're hoping to have completion of the project after two construction periods, or by 2021."
Hernando city officials said the project will be subject to weather and construction considerations, among other factors.
With the opening of Interstate 269, Hernando is expected to reap an increased flow of traffic from the new interstate corridor.
Additionally, the new exit and realigned roadway is expected to ease commuter traffic to and from East Memphis, Collierville and points of destination to the east.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.