Stantec engineers provide supervisors with county road paving list

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It’s a matter of doing the math.

A road list from county engineers Stantec presented to the Warren County Board of Supervisors shows 20 county roads in serious need of overlay, and estimates the cost of paving them all at $10 million.

Warren County has $902,000 set aside to pave roads this year.

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County Administrator John Smith said the supervisors received the list at a Monday work session, adding they are expected in two weeks to decide what will be overlaid, based on the available funds.

He said the money for the work comes from the county’s share of state gaming tax and fees revenues.

“That’s how we spend our gambling dollars,” he said. “That money is for paving only. It does not include engineering, which is an additional 15 percent (of the total paving cost). That’s all the money we have for paving.”

He said some of the roads on the paving list already exceed the county’s paving budget.

“The worst road on the list is Floweree Road off (U.S.) 61 North south of Low Water Bridge Road (near the Issaquena County line).” he said. “The cost to pave it is $1.192 million. Naylor Road off Fisher Ferry Road is second, and that’s $866,000, almost our budget.”

He added Rawhide Road off Oak Ridge Road costs $1.885 million to pave, and Redwood Road, $1.54 million.

Smith said he is not sure what the supervisors will recommend. “I’m not sure if they’ll want to do one road or sections of some roads,” he said.

In other action, the board:

• Authorized Smith to examine possible ways of funding repairs at Riverfront Park and purchasing radios for the statewide MSWIN System.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen April 4 approved $150,000 for the city’s share of repairing a slide area at the park, which is owned jointly by the city and the county. The estimate to fix the project is $300,000 and does not include engineering.

The city and county are splitting the cost of the radio system.

• Received a request from county fire coordinator Jerry Briggs to purchase radios for volunteer fire department trucks and handheld radios for firefighters for $148,428.75 to connect to the MSWIN radio network.

• Received a request from the Vicksburg Swim Association to close the boat ramp at Eagle Lake from 3 p.m. Aug. 19 to noon Aug. 20 for the Gator Bait Triathlon.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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