With a contract awarded by the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday, resurfacing work is coming up on eight county roads.
The large State Aid project for maintenance, overlay, slurry, stripe and sign attracted only one bidder, Vance Bros., Inc., who won the project with a bid of $1,048,728.51.
The project includes sections of County Roads 100, 400, 518, 700, 738, 745, 750 and 755, for a total of 13.6 miles of improvements.
Johnny Crotts of Cook Coggin Engineers said work is expected to begin in 45 to 60 days. The contract length is 60 days.
By using a slurry seal treatment, the county is aiming for a better result than the chip seal frequently used in the county. Slurry seal involves a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion and very small crushed rock.
“It’s relatively new to Alcorn County,” said Crotts, “but we’ve had good results on the previous applications. It is a smoother ride with less wheel noise and, hopefully, less maintenance.”
With only one bidder, the supervisors and Cook Coggin were pleased to see the bid come in at a favorable number. It was almost $63,000 less than the engineer’s estimate of $1,111,652.22.