September 6, 2017 11:17:20 AM
Itawamba County's B&M Paving Company could soon be the recipient of infrastructure Oktibbeha County road improvement contracts totaling $2.6 million.
Supervisors opened bids Tuesday for 28 road projects that will be addressed by June 2018 using a portion of the county's recent $14.5 million general obligation bond.
B&M was one of two companies that submitted bids for projects in each of the county's five districts and beat out its competitor, Kimes and Stone Construction of Booneville, by about $700,000.
Supervisors took the bids under advisement and are expected to award contracts next week.
The upcoming projects include: District 1's Hickory Ridge, John High, Lob Lolly, P.D. Fulgham, Whispering Pines and Yeates Subdivision roads; Cardinal, Mallard, Oakwood, Oriole and Robin drives; and Travis and Valley lanes; District 2's Davis, Hickory Grove and Steele roads; District 3's Buntin, Lucy Faye and Polly Bell roads; Mill, Roosevelt and Water streets; and Quinn Avenue; District 4's Ennis and Post Office roads, and Crosstie, Hall and Seitz streets in the Longview community; and Artesia Road in District 5.
"A lot of work is coming, but this is just a portion of it. This is pretty much all that the contractors can handle between now and the end of the paving season," said District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery said. "There are a lot of issues out on our road system that we have to correct step by step, and I think this was a step in the right direction. The finished product will be something that will hold up and be safer than what we have now."
Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch
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