Supervisors look at other state aid funded projects

Published 7:00 pm Monday, October 8, 2018

The Warren County Board of Supervisors has some decisions to make on how to spend nearly $1.75 million in state aid funds.

During their work session Monday, officials with Stantec, the county’s state aid engineer, updated and advised the board that since the Ballground Road Bridge project will be re-advertised, there are three other projects available for state aid.

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Maintenance on portions of Eagle Lake Shore, Fisher Ferry Road and Oak Ridge Road are listed for upgrades. Engineer John McKee with Stantec said the question is which of the three projects would the supervisors like to have completed.

The Eagle Lake Shore project was estimated at $340,900, while the Fisher Ferry Road and Oak Ridge projects are estimated to cost $315,300 each.

McKee told the board if any of the projects were advertised now, they likely wouldn’t be completed until the spring.

“Given the time of year and all, really the first of the year would be best to advertise,” Supervisors President Richard George said.

“I think that’s wise,” McKee said. “By then, you never know, some other things may shake loose and there may be some other funds come in we don’t know about yet with state funding.”

Last week, the supervisors followed the advice of their engineers and rejected a $1.22 million bid by Dozer LLC of Natchez to replace Ballground Road Bridge. The state aid project estimate was $820,216. The supervisors are expected to re-bid the project in early 2019.

The timber bridge, which is a relief bridge, was closed during the summer after a bridge inspection determined it was unsafe. It was repaired and put back into service until it can be replaced.