Thursday, September 4, 2008
Supervisors talk bridges
By SUE WATSON
The Pigeon Roost Creek bridge on Beagle Road has been selected by the board of supervisors to be replaced with state LSBP (local system bridge replacement and rehabilitation program) funds.
Supervisors discussed bridge concerns with engineer Larry Britt in August.
Britt said 23 bridges are in line to be inspected, with funds for the inspections coming out of LSBP funds and county matching funds.
The monies do not come out of State Aid Program funds, he said.
All bridges have been posted and are in compliance and will meet federal requirements for funding, he added.
With only one bridge per county being approved for federal funds in this cycle, Britt advised the board to select the largest, worst bridge in need of replacement that the county could not pay for.
The smaller bridges in the county can be patched up or replaced with county monies and crews, he said.
Supervisors discussed flooding problems in some areas along DeSoto Road near Highway 309 at Oak Road, Oak Cove and Oak Drive and at Matthews Lane.
Water has been backing up in yards and covering some roads in District 3 during flash flooding, according to supervisor Keith Taylor. Some culverts may be stopped up, he said.
Beavers could be the problem, Britt said. Drainage in the area is also hindered by flat land and slow clearance out of Nonconnah Creek Lateral B, he said.
“No matter how much we do upstream, it doesn’t help if the water has nowhere to go,” he said.
In other matters, the board opened bids for the paving of 1.259 miles of St. Paul Road in District 4. Ten companies offered bids for the project with BOEP Earth Movers Inc. of Hernando winning the contract award with a low bid of $617,347.
State engineers estimated the project to cost $729,253.
In other news, Safehaven of Northwest Mississippi has withdrawn its spot on the supervisors’ agenda for the September 8 meeting, according to chancery clerk Chuck Thomas. He said the group said it is no longer interested in locating a Christian recovery center for released county inmates at the site.
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