The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors agreed to add a Central School Road bridge and a 5-mile resurfacing job to its proposed State Aid projects.

The board on Monday adopted orders putting the two projects in line for the State Aid program.

The paving job is on County Road 600, extending 4.9 miles from the intersection where it leaves Kossuth going northwest through the Fourth District and ending in the Fifth District. With a scope of work including slurry seal, striping and signage, the project has an estimated cost of $650,000, and $250,000 in state funding is also earmarked for the project.

Johnny Crotts of Cook Coggin Engineers said the bridge on Road 218 in the Second District has a problem with a surface that is repeatedly deteriorating, and attempts to fix it have been unsuccessful, apparently due to a problem in the construction of the surface. The estimated $400,000 project will entirely remove and replace the surface.

Crotts also presented a preliminary plan for upgrading the intersection of Getwell Road and South Harper Road. The plan includes a short turn lane on Getwell Road to accommodate trucks making a left turn onto Harper and an improved surface. It was suggested that concrete may need to be used for a stronger surface.

Heavy truck traffic has led to road deterioration at the junction of the two roads, and some business owners on Getwell recently asked the county to give it some attention.

In other business:

n The board agreed to accept the funding grant agreement for $1 million that was included in state bond funding for courthouse roof repair and renovation and to establish an account for the funds.

n Supervisors set the remainder of the fall and winter holidays in line with the state schedule – Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26; Christmas, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 23-24; and New Year’s Day, Friday, Dec. 31.

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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