By BRAD KELLAR
It won’t be long before motorists will be able to drive from Interstate 30 directly to Paris Junior College in Greenville or Greenville High School.
Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim said work on constructing the Monty Stratton Parkway is nearing completion.
“We have 23 more days to finish the project,” Ebrahim said this week. “The pavement is already completed. The sidewalk is 80 percent completed.”
The parkway will be two concrete lanes with a raised median and open ditches on either side between the interstate and Lions Lair Road. A sidewalk will run along one side of the roadway and two crossovers were included under the project.
One of the crossovers will allow access to the Greenville SportsPark and the other will allow for a direct connection between the high school and the college.
“The only thing left is the streetlights in the median,” Ebrahim said of the 21 double-sided lights which will brighten the parkway at night.
Ground was broken in May, and the L.H. Lacy Company is the contractor on the project.
If the area does develop as expected, the parkway can be expanded to the originally planned four lanes, with a bike trail.
Ebrahim said following the installation of the sidewalk and streetlights, an announcement will be made as to an official opening date.