A major bridge replacement is on deck for western Alcorn County.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded a contract to Century Construction of Tupelo for $2,378,221.51 for replacement of a bridge over the Hatchie River on County Road 755 north of Highway 72.

Johnny Crotts of Cook Coggin Engineers said it will be one of the larger bridge projects in which the engineering firm has had a role.

The existing bridge in the Fifth District is currently posted with a 3-ton weight limit. The new bridge will consist of 420 linear feet of prestressed concrete beam bridge with 870 feet of new roadway.

Cook Coggin anticipates giving notice to proceed in about 45 days with a contract time of 270 days to complete the job.

The project commits the last of the funds awarded to Alcorn County through the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund.

Five other bids ranged from $2.5 million to $2.99 million.

In other business this week:

• The Main Street Corinth and tourism office directors briefed the board on Christmas decoration plans at court square and in the downtown area and requested the county contribute to the $5,385 cost of adding to the Christmas tree at court square. The board took that request under advisement.

“We really want to become a holiday destination,” said Angela Avent, Main Street director. “There are several towns in Mississippi that you go there just to see the lights. This is not going to happen overnight, but we definitely want to grow that.”

• With continuing election preparations, the board approved the circuit clerk’s request to hire two part time office staff workers from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31 and 32 additional poll workers for the general election. The additional poll workers include two for all precincts except Bethel and Jacinto, which get one each. State funding is available to assist.

• The board accepted a Mississippi Office of Highway Safety grant of $66,000 to reimburse the sheriff’s department for overtime compensation for DUI enforcement and for equipment.

• The board had some discussion of significant roof problems at the justice center on South Harper Road, where multiple offices are dealing with leaks.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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