Highland Colony Multi-Use Path


Bike/Ped options continue to grow in Ridgeland

Neel-Schaffer provided engineering design and construction services for the new 1.3-mile multi-use path on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.

The path extends from Steed Road south, along Highland Colony Parkway, and connects to the established Ridgeland Multi-Use Path that runs parallel to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

A project of the Colony Park Public Improvement District, this $1.59 million project represents another phase of a multi-phase master plan that will connect other bike/ped facilities within the City of Ridgeland with similar facilities in adjacent municipalities.

The project was partially funded with money received through the federal government’s Surface Transportation Program and is considered a “transportation enhancement.”  This program, which is administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), provides funds to local public agencies for projects such as biking and walking trails and the renovation of historic structures that have a connection to transportation.

The project includes such special features as a steel truss pedestrian bridge with decorative pavers on the deck over a tributary to Purple Creek, an overlook deck at the end of the lake, a pocket park where path users can rest and enjoy the lakeside atmosphere, decorative lighting, and fully irrigated landscaping that is designed to complement the landscaping already installed along Highland Colony Parkway and in the nearby Renaissance at Colony Park retail center.

Neel-Schaffer services included:

  • Development of preliminary design and final contract plans
  • Assembly of contract documents, special provisions, and project cost estimates
  • Preparation of environmental documents
  • Coordination of right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations
  • Construction administration and observation
  • Coordination of materials testing


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