Supervisors receive road projects update; appoint PRCEDD board members
Pearl River County Engineer Les Dungan came before the Board of Supervisors to give an update on the County-wide paving project currently going on. Although work is progressing on area roadways, the road department is asking the public to be patient, as some of the work has been slowed or cannot be done with the unusual amount of rain the County has seen in the last several weeks.
Dungan however did say that the Savannah-Millard Road project is ready to begin the overlay process with the hired contractor set to start very shortly. Some Federal ERBR funds are being applied for two bridges in the County. Due to the way the grant requirements are worded, Dungan chose bridges that were currently closed or were “shovel ready” to apply for the grant. The two bridges are on Shorty Burge Road and on County Farm Road.
The plans are 100% complete to replace the bridge on Shorty Burge Road which is currently closed to traffic; and the preliminary work is being completed for County Farm Road with the bridge being currently posted to prepare travelers for construction.
The Board has until August 6th, 2021 to apply for the funding. If the grant is awarded, money that was already allocated for those two bridges could then be put toward other bridge projects that are not as far along in the planning stages.
Residents that use Walkiah Bluff Road will be happy to hear that the bridge is complete and just needs a small amount of dirt work done to fully open to the public.
The Supervisors also nominated their respective board members for the Pearl River County Economic District (PRCEDD) Board of Directors. District 1 Supervisor Donald Hart reappointed Harold Littles (retired federal employee), District 2 Supervisor Malcolm Perry reappointed Dr. Adam Breerwood (PRCC), District 3 Supervisor Hudson Holliday reappointed Joey McClinton (Parish Tractor), District 4 Supervisor Jason Spence appointed Paul Reese (independent businessman), and District 5 Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith appointed Suzan Wilson (First National Bank of Picayune).