Meridian Star

July 17, 2013

County, state moving forward with road projects

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
Special to The Star

MERIDIAN —     Work is likely to get under way within the next two weeks on a road resealing project throughout the county.

    On Tuesday, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors opened bids on the project to work on nearly 47 miles on state aid roads in the county. State aid roads are those that were previously constructed with state funds.     The county has the responsibility for maintaining those roads; however state funds are periodically available to assist, according to Terrell Temple, county engineer.

    Four companies submitted bids; and the Board of Supervisors approved the lowest bid, which was submitted by Kimes and Stone Construction Inc., for $2,063,745.

    The project is to do base repair, leveling, resealing, striping, signage and raised pavement markers on the roads.

    Harris Wilder, Lauderdale County road manager, said some of the work entails pre-leveling the roads; then putting on tar and gravel to waterproof and preserve them.

    "If you keep the roads up and you have a good bed under it, the road will hold up," Wilder said.

    The work will begin soon, he said.

    "You need to do this in the hottest part of the year. It works better in the heat than in the cold," Wilder said.

    Roads and areas scheduled for the work are: Pine Grove Road , Townsend Byrd Road; Hamerick Road North, Hamerick Road West (west end) Windsor Road (west end) King Road, (north end) Johnny Bailey Road, Mt. Carmel Road (south end) Lauderdale Road, Center Hill-Martin Road (east end) Luther Ray Cobb Road; Alamucha-Whynot Road (north end) Russell-Mt. Gilead road (south of I-20) Causeyville -Whynot Road, J.W. Reynolds Road, Springhill Road, Crescent Lake Road, and Aryndal Road (east of Highway 11).