Mayor's Report

Jun 16

Pepper Chase Road Extension

Posted on June 16, 2022 at 4:31 PM by Melitta Duncan

One of my privileges as Mayor is to drive our city when my schedule allows and watch progress.  I love doing this and took this photo this week!


The extension of Pepper Chase Road is underway and making significant progress.  I’ve been pleading with MDOT and the state of Mississippi for nine years to fund and complete the I-55 Widening Project which would include the widening of Church Road and rework the Church Road Interchange to mitigate tremendous traffic congestion.  These discussions are still underway, but while battling this problem, we capitalized on the opportunity to secure some state funding from the Mississippi Development Authority because of safe access needs of the new Medline development.  We know that extending Pepper Chase southward will provide some relief to the congestion in this area.  This is a $4.1 million project that received $3.6 million from MDA with the balance being funded by Desoto County and the City of Southaven.  This connection will begin where Pepper Chase currently ends parallel to I-55 on the southeast corner of the Landers Center.  It will proceed southward parallel to I-55 past Medline and tie-in with new signalization to Highway 51 just north of Star Landing Rd.  When completed late this year, another escape route will be available during Landers Center events and daily to clear this congested area.


Thanks again to MDA and Desoto County for assisting the City of Southaven with this much-needed project!

Pepper Chase

Jun 16

Historical Marker Signs

Posted on June 16, 2022 at 3:21 PM by Melitta Duncan

Celebrating our History!


Have you ever noticed that you don’t see many historical markers in Southaven? Most cities in America use signs to tell the story about special places in their history.  Southaven is just 42 years old, which is actually very young for a city, but even still we have some special places that have historical value.  These signs truly do “tell the story” and bring back special memories for many of our citizens.  Our city has grown tremendously since our inception, so many of our citizens are not even aware of much of our history.  These signs will provide historical education for these citizens and increase pride in “our story” for many.


In the near future, we will install signs similar to the one shown in the attached photo at historical locations.  Obviously, these locations will be where Southaven started in our early years.  Just to name a few, many will know “the story” of special locations such as:


The Donnie Woods Field


The Jaycee Pool


“The Hole” at Caprock Cove Park


Cherry Valley Park


The Jago Community


“The Tree” on Stateline Road


The Chickasaw Indian Trail


We have a great city now with a great past also!  Let’s celebrate our history! 

Historical Marker

Apr 11

May Blvd. Pedestrian Bridge Grand Opening

Posted on April 11, 2022 at 3:55 PM by Melitta Duncan

After dealing with supply chain issues like everyone else in our country now, we have finally completed the May Blvd Pedestrian Bridge and will host our Grand Opening event this THURSDAY, APRIL 14 at 10:30 AM. 


During my time as Mayor, I’ve tried hard to bring positive changes to Southaven that I’ve seen in other parts of the country that have never existed here before.  Anytime you bring change, there are some who don’t understand why, and sadly, some who don’t want to understand but just always oppose change, in general.  The May Blvd Pedestrian Bridge is one of these things.  The bridge is a proven concept in many other parts of our country and an investment that will pay for itself many times over with the economic benefits it will help provide to our city.  Here’s why we built it:


TRAFFIC SAFETY had to be addressed at Getwell/May Blvd because of the increased vehicular traffic in the area.  A traffic signal had to be installed there.  Because of the frequent pedestrian traffic that will come with Silo Square and that already existed with Snowden Grove Park events, it is a safer alternative to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  To answer a frequently-asked question, the crosswalks are required by ADA laws in case of an elevator malfunction, but the goal is to encourage pedestrians to stay away from vehicles and cross the bridge.


CONNECTING THE PATHS will eventually create the longest pedestrian trail in the history of Desoto County.  The City added multi-use trails in Snowden Grove Park and from Central Park along Tchulahoma.  May Blvd will also have a trail from Tchulahoma to Getwell.  From Central Park westward, bike/pedestrian lanes allow travel all the way to Airways at Baptist Memorial-Desoto Hospital.  The bridge is the final piece needed to connect these trails allowing bike/pedestrian travel from Airways Rd to Malone Rd.


CONNECTING COMMERCE on both sides of Getwell will complete the first-ever pedestrian-friendly entertainment district in our city creating tremendous economic synergy in what will become a focal tourism destination point.  We’ve already attracted numerous pending developments on each side that have vocalized the importance of the bridge connection in making their business model work here.  Again, this will pay huge economic dividends to our city for many years to come and pay for the initial investment many times over.


An ICONIC SYMBOL has been created with the bridge that beautifies the grand entrance to one of the key assets of our city and shows the pride our citizens have in our city.  This will be the future site of many marriage proposals, prom photos, graduation photos, and a backdrop for many other memorable times of life for our citizens.


I’m very proud of this project and its grand opening is a special day for Southaven!  Let’s cut the ribbon, cross it, and let the good times roll!