County road paving could include Nailor, Redwood roads

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A preliminary list of roads in non-municipal Warren County to be repaved in 2015 figures to grow by the time county officials take any construction bids.

No time frame for doing so was set Monday when supervisors perused this year’s ratings by county engineers on parts of 384 roads outside Vicksburg. The list is compiled annually and involves physical condition and daily traffic counts. Rated in the 10 worst this year are parts of Cattlin, Halls Ferry, Eagle Lake Shore and Nailor roads, Old Hwy 3, Willow Creek Drive, Floweree Road, Rawhide Road, Willow Creek Circle and Danawood Lane.

Cost estimates on the 10 worst exceed $2.1 million, but the county’s budget for fiscal 2015 limits spending from the gaming fund, most often tapped for routine road maintenance, to $982,000.

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Cost estimates on seven of the 10 come in less than $1 million, based on the stretch of road identified, which leaves just $212,000 left in what county supervisors want to spend to address smaller parts of higher-dollar repair jobs.

“We’ve got that $200,000 left, with what (county administrator) John Smith has told us,” county engineer John McKee told supervisors in an informal session. “What do you want us to do with the $200,000?

Nailor Road’s entry on the list, a 3.86-mile stretch from Fisher Ferry to Halls Ferry roads, is busiest of the 10 worst-rated, at up to 2,049 vehicles per day, and a new surface there would cost $1.1 million, according to county engineers. Rawhide’s entry, a 5.6-mile stretch from Oak Ridge to Youngton roads, is the longest segment among the worst 10.

Adding to a contractor’s to-do list parts of Nailor and, farther down the list at #12, a 4.6-mile segment of Redwood Road, is the likeliest option, based on traffic counts, supervisors said. Traffic on Cattlin, which is off U.S. 61 North and north of the Yazoo River bridge, is rated “light” by county engineers, while Redwood Road’s trouble spot has 949 vehicles per day, according to their analysis.

“We don’t really need to repave Cattlin,” Board President Bill Lauderdale said. “The most traffic on there is the hunters going to Mahannah (Wildlife Management Area).”

Adding parts of Nailor and Redwood roads would mean improving stretches near elementary schools, which the board indicated would weigh heavily in their final decision on a construction contract.

“Nailor Road, right there by (South Park Elementary) school, would be important,” District 2 Supervisor William Banks said.

Supervisors must act by July 1 to ensure any paving can begin this year, as state law prohibits county boards from entering into contracts during the final six months of a term. All five seats are up for re-election later this year.

Copies of the road ratings are available in the Board of Supervisors office, 913 Jackson St.

In February, the board OK’d a contract to re-stripe lanes on parts of 18 miles of roadway in the county. That list included parts Culkin, Tiffintown, Tucker roads, two sections each of Bovina Cutoff and Oak Ridge roads, and the part of U.S. 80 maintained by the county between Bovina and the Big Black River. The section along Culkin and one of the Oak Ridge sections were added after the $90,984.91 contract was awarded, ensuring additional costs as the work continues.