Sep 13

Seal Coating (Street Resurfacing)

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 12:16 PM by Darren Musselwhite

The City has begun the process of changing all of our streets back to gravel, instead of asphalt pavement.  We’ve started this process on Rasco and will appreciate your patience as we have over 1,100 streets city-wide to convert.

I gotcha, didn’t I?

Seriously, our seal coating process certainly looks this way, but obviously we understand the temporary inconvenience of the gray stone.  It is needed, however, for traction temporarily (3-5 days) while the sealant cures.  The sealant is applied with a broom finish over the entire surface of the old street to fill all of the cracks and preserve the structure of the street or road.  Unfortunately, this scrub seal emulsion is slippery, thus again creating the need for the gray stone.  After the sealant cures, a black micro seal top coat will be applied, followed by new striping, which will give us a completely resurfaced road.

This seal coating program has worked well for the City since we started using it a couple of years ago.  It provides a resurfaced road and extended lifespan for about 1/3 cost of new asphalt pavement.  This allows us to resurface more streets with the same amount of funding.  It can only be used on sections of the roadway that have minimal deterioration, though.

I sincerely appreciate your patience as we continue with our aggressive plan to improve street conditions throughout the City.

Sep 07


Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:17 PM by Darren Musselwhite

I need help!

State law prohibits a governmental entity from expending public resources on private property with very few, rare exceptions.  As we’ve pushed with the priority of making Southaven a more attractive place to live, we’ve faced the challenge created by the lack of maintenance of common areas for residential subdivisions that no longer have a valid, functioning homeowners association.  The City has made changes with planning and development requirements for future developments to prevent this problem, but we are still left with the problem of existing areas.  This is the reason for creating one of our major arms of our Serve Southaven volunteer outreach program.  We’ve had many volunteer for beautification efforts and we are very grateful for the excellent jobs that have been done, but the ongoing challenge of these common areas, and specifically, maintenance of the subdivision entrances needs ongoing help from volunteers.

Recently, I discussed my plan for an ongoing adoption of these areas with Tracy Gallagher, our Serve Southaven Director, and she brilliantly named the program and set it in motion. We are simply asking for any individual or entity to volunteer to “Adopt-A-Spot” and improve the look of our city by maintaining these subdivision entrances.  The effort may be as simple as just trimming the bushes and weed-eating in and around the flower beds for 10 minutes every other week during the growing season.  Serve Southaven would like to express gratitude and commendation for these efforts with a small sign at the location naming the volunteer.  We would also respect anonymity, if preferred.

Subdivision entrances that need help are as follows:

Shelburne Estates (Getwell Road)

The Grove at Central Park (2 entrances on Tchulahoma)

Brentwood Farms (Northern entrance on Tchulahoma)

The Highlands at North Creek (Stateline Road West)

If you can help, please contact Tracy at  If you can only help for one season, that’s OK.  You can borrow my hedge-trimmer and weed-eater!

Aug 22


Posted on August 22, 2018 at 1:50 PM by Darren Musselwhite

Recently, I received an update from MDOT officials regarding the completion of this tremendous project.  Last year, the 2nd phase of this project was completed extending the interstate from the Tennessee state line to Highway 305 in Olive Branch.  Phase one was completed prior to this from Interstate 40 to the Tennessee state line.  The last phase will complete this interstate system from Highway 305 to Interstate 55 which will connect two of the largest interstate systems in our country, I-55 & I-40.  Completion is projected in October of this year!

Many believe this could be the most significant transportation improvement project in the state of Mississippi since I-55 was opened in the 1960s.  It will improve traffic-flow efficiency resulting in reduced congestion and travel times, and is also expected to have a dramatic effect on economic development opportunities in Desoto and Marshall Counties.  Specifically, we expect that eastbound traffic and traffic from I-40 will now bypass I-55 in the City of Southaven providing relief to the Church, Goodman, and Stateline Road congestion problems.

This project is part of the larger, proposed I-69 interstate system that is planned to eventually connect Mexico and Canada.  We were and are still fortunate to have local legislators and transportation officials that had the vision and persistence for over 25 years to push this project to completion.