The Jackson County Road Department is in a never ending road race to maintain, replace, or build new road ways throughout the County. On average, the Road Department paves 25 to 30 miles of road way and replaces 7 to 10 bridges a year.
The Jackson County Road Department is directed by the Road Manager. For efficiency, the road department operates three divisions, West, Central and East, each managed by a superintendent. The responsibilities of the Road Department include:
- Street Repairs
- Drainage Maintenance
- Mowing Roadways during growing seasons
- Road construction project of limited size
Mississippi Code 65-17-1 establishes the County Road Department, discusses the employment of a county road manager, and prescribes the duties and powers of the county road manager. All counties operating under the county-wide system of road administration, or unit system, are required to appoint a road manager and operate a centralized county-wide road department.
View the Four Year Road Plan (PDF).
The 4-year Road Plan is approved in February each year.
Board of Supervisors
In unit system counties, the Board of Supervisors is required to adopt general policies concerning the administration of the county road department. Those policies and procedures are administered by the County Road Manager.
The Road Manager, subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors:
- Should be experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of construction and maintenance of roads and bridges
- May hire assistants and employees necessary to maintain the county road system.
- Has full supervision of personnel engaged in the work of the road department.
- Has the authority to purchase or lease the necessary equipment and materials for operation of the road department as long as it conforms with the county budget.
- Must comply with all central purchase laws and all purchases are subject to approval by the board.
The Board of Supervisors may supersede any decision made by the Road Manager by a majority vote. However, any change or modification of a decision should not constitute a breach of contract. The Road Manager can be removed from office at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors.
The Road Department is not responsible for picking up rubbish. This service is handled with limited capabilities by the Solid Waste Department.