Thursday, October 1, 2009
County gets funds
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County walked away with about $1.75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act road projects, according to Larry Britt, county engineer.
One ARRA project will use $242,645 on Mt. Carmel Road in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park. The remaining $1.5 million will go toward paving the North Holly Springs bypass road, he said.
Britt said Marshall received two of the 12 ARRA projects awarded by State Aid.
He said the monies, awarded through the State Aid division of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, resulted from the county responding quickly with shovel-ready projects. Shovel-ready projects were given priority funding by Barack Obama’s administration to stimulate job growth quickly.
The projects also come with strict reporting requirements. The ARRA projects will create jobs at every level, pay overtime when necessary and will be scrutinized heavily to detect any potential for or actual fraudulent use of funds.
“It requires a fine tooth comb and documenting everything,” Britt said. “We are lucky to get the money. We are glad to have it and we do not want any mistakes.”
The work on the bypass road should begin soon.
In other road matters, District 3 supervisor Keith Taylor asked for a board order to seek assistance from the DeSoto County Road Department and the railroad to work on the intersection at Mason Road and Highway 178 where Mason crosses the tracks. He wants the railroad to put arms at the crossing and DeSoto County to help with widening the intersection, signage and striping to make crossing safer.
The Highway 178 side of the intersection belongs to the state, he said.
Taylor also asked the board to seek crossing arms at the Fuller Street crossing, site of a recent fatality involving a vehicle and a train.
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