Several county bridge projects came in under budget

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 20, 2018

During Wednesday’s Pearl River County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Engineer Les Dungan requested the Board approve the first pay application for the countywide overlay project.

The Board approved Dungan’s request to make a payment of $38,000 to Huey P. Stockstill LLC.

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Dungan also presented the Board with a memorandum of understanding between the county and the state for the inspection of bridges. Inspections will be conducted on all bridges in the county that have not been supported by timber piling, he said. All bridges currently supported by timber pilings were inspected under a previous set of inspections.

According to the MOU, the inspections will be paid for through state aid funds and will involve the participation of the county engineer and be done on an hourly contract basis, Dungan said. 

The county will be reimbursed $1,200 per bridge inspection, he said.

Dungan also updated the Board regarding the county- wide paving projects.

He said damage to Derby Whitesand Road, caused by heavy trucks hauling materials will require an additional $86,192 to repair.

“It appears that heavy trucks are using that route as a cut through road from Highway 11 to get onto Highway 26,” he said.

Dungan also updated the Board regarding some savings in the bridge replacement project.

He said the work on Barth Road was projected to cost about $142,613, but the final cost was $142,553.

The work on Oak Hill Road came in well under budget with repairs costing $175,000, which was less than the estimate of $210,000. Repairs on Palestine Road were projected to cost $86,099 but were completed at a total cost of $85,140.

Dungan also provided the Board with a recommendation about striping county roads involved in the project.

He said although the project does not include striping it would be a good idea to stripe them to make them safer and more identifiable.

If the markings are made using hot spray instead of thermo plastic, the projected cost for a mile of work is estimated to be $640, he said.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for August 6 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse on Julia Street in Poplarville.