Supervisors receive bridge work update during board meeting

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors received an update from County Engineer Les Dungan on projects both in progress and some to soon be let out for bids.

Dungan said work continues on Shenandoah Road with the contractor currently driving pilings in place on the bridge. A detour bridge has been constructed and is in use according to Dungan.

Pilings being driven at Shenandoah Road bridge (photo courtesy of Les Dungan)

Sones Chapel Road and Oscar Smith work is still in progress. Dungan said that the sub-grade works is complete and the contractor is putting gravel in place on Oscar Smith Road this week and the road should be ready for temporary traffic.

Dungan said that he is scheduled to open bids on April 30th for the bridge replacement project on Lakeside Drive in Anchor Lake subdivision. Dungan said this bridge spans the main creek channel that feeds Anchor Lake. He plans with to have the work to begin in the July-August / August-September time frame which is during the driest season of the weather where water flow across the spillway is the least. The bridge will require re-routing of traffic around the lake across the dam spillway and an alternate second exit is being negotiated by the county with a landowner near the site of the project. The replacement of the bridge is estimated to take approximately 8 weeks to complete according to Dungan.

County Engineer discusses projects during Monday's meeting

The bids for the two bridges on Silver Run Road are due to be opened on April 30th. Those projects will be funded using the Emergency Bridge Fund money approved during last year’s Mississippi legislative session.

Dungan also stated there was meeting to be held on Monday in Jackson with MDOT concerning the current water flow problems at Pearl River near Walkaih Bluff in the area of the weir diversion at Wilson Slough.

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