County targets more roads for fall resurfacing|[7/21/06]

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 21, 2006

More than 4 1/2 miles on nearly a dozen county roads were added to the list slated for upgrades this fall in a vote by Warren County supervisors Thursday.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved advertising for contractors’ bids on the $736,000-plus paving project at its regular meeting. It also opened bids for two phases of an upcoming erosion control project and awarded a contract for an architectural and engineering plan for construction on a new 911 dispatch center on Clay Street.

The project is the second the board has approved since the county’s engineering firm, ABMB Engineers Inc., presented a four-year road improvement plan in February.

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A bid to pave 11 other county roads, including a stretch of MS 27, was awarded to APAC Mississippi earlier this month. That work has not begun because the company is still in the process of putting together its bonding and insurance, said District 4 Supervisor Carl Flanders.

Projected prices on the second phase were &#8220inflated” 15 percent to account for fuel costs, said County Engineer John McKee.

Sections that were on the list Thursday included 1.3 miles of Dudley Road from the end of current pavement to Fisher Ferry Road, about a mile of Halls Ferry Road from Nailor Road to Fonsylvania Road and smaller stretches of Laura Lake Road, Bobbie Place, Laura Lake Circle, Barrow Lane, South Park Drive, Still Drive, Fairview Drive, Drake Road and Bradford Drive through the end of county maintenance. More than 1,800 feet of Hennington Road was approved on the condition $49,150.14 remained to pave it from Fisher Ferry Road to the end of county maintenance.

According to the 2005 county road assessment by McKee, which ranked roads on a 100-point scale in terms of safety and the amount of improvements needed, those roads ranked between 55 (Dudley Road) and 68 (Laura Lake Circle). The lowest ranking stretch of road in the county, Long Lake Road, received a 35 ranking. Still Drive, Fairview Drive and Drake Road were not ranked because they are gravel roads.

The board also opened and took under advisement five bids to stop erosion on seven sites around the county, to be reimbursed by grants from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Most of the sites are in the northern part of the county, including areas of Sherman Avenue and Oak Ridge Road, where land loss could threaten roadways, said District 1 Supervisor David McDonald.

&#8220These are places where erosion is getting up close to the road, and it’s a possibility, if we got several big rain events, we could lose part of the road,” he said. &#8220It’s all related to erosion along roads. No houses.”

The project is divided into two phases, one encompassing four sites and another three sites. Five companies – Buford Construction, Dirtworks, Riverside Construction and Lampkin Construction, all of Vicksburg, and Camo Construction of Vidalia, La. – each bid on both projects. Bids on the first project ranged from $229,976 (Dirtworks) to $384,103 (Lampkin); on the second project, from $129,777 (Camo) to $200,962 (Lampkin).

The board is expected to award the bids at its next meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

In other business, the board: