September 22, 2009 9:16:00 AM
Tim Pratt -
STARKVILLE -- Construction is set to begin soon on two long-awaited infrastructure projects in Oktibbeha County.
The second phase of the Poorhouse Road paving project, which extends 1.4 miles from the edge of the recently paved first section to an area just west the Highway 25 bypass, is set to begin within the next month. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Monday opened bids for the contract and selected Ellis Construction, of Columbus, and its bid of $1.25 million. Ellis beat out seven other contractors.
Contractors initially submitted bids this spring, but the county delayed the project following a land dispute with a property owner. Eminent domain proceedings subsequently have taken place and the landowner was awarded an estimated $880 for 0.11 acres, County Administrator Don Posey said. The land was needed for a wider right-of-way.
Posey hopes the second phase of the Poorhouse Road project will be complete by spring 2010, though weather will be a determining factor, he said.
The third phase of the Poorhouse Road project, which is still in the planning and environmental stages, will extend from the area around the Highway 25 bypass to Longview, District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said.
In other county business Monday, supervisors also opened bids and accepted a contract for the Fultz Road bridge project. Phillips Contracting, of Columbus, won the bid at $94,056.
Construction also is set to begin soon on that project, which will see workers replace the bridge on Fultz Road with a pre-cast structure, Posey said. Fultz Road is located just off Oktoc Road, south of Starkville.
"It''s a pre-cast box, so that will expedite the process," Posey said.