Port road again tops county agenda

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The task of shoring up erosion on Haining Road dominated the Warren County Board of Supervisor’s agenda Monday.

County administrator John Smith requested the board approve $139,040.96 in invoices to rebuild sliding soil along the road where subsurface erosion is a constant issue. The board authorized board president Bill Lauderdale to issue the check once the funds from the Mississippi Development Authority have been received.

The work is funded by a mix of state-administered block grants from the MDA and money left over from a Katrina-related Community Development Block Grant originally secured to clean out city bayous.

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Haining Road is maintained by the city, but upkeep of the supporting earth falls to the county. Industrial Drive, which intersects Haining Road, is the sole responsibility of the county.

In 2012, the county matched a $1.5 million federal highway grant to rebuild the ridge on which Industrial Drive runs. The low-lying area below the road had sat in floodwater for weeks during the Mississippi River’s historic rise the previous year, then several layers of soil disappeared once water receded.

Warren County was among 47 counties in a disaster zone declared in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane where localities were eligible for aid.