The Baldwin Road bridge that was closed last week following a state-aid inspection will be repaired, but there’s no timeline yet for when the job will begin — much less end.
Leflore County supervisors authorized the repairs during a meeting Tuesday after District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham asked Shane Correro, county engineer, “What about the Baldwin Road bridge?”
Correro replied that upgrades to the bridge would include purchasing two new caps for pilings and said he did not know how long it would take to obtain these.
Bringing the bridge up to state-aid safety standards will cost $65,000 to $75,000, he estimated.
Abraham asked Correro about the possibility of routing traffic over a temporary bypass, but Correro was not enthusiastic.
Undersheriff Ken Spencer, who was attending the meeting, was asked whether the Sheriff’s Department, which is headquartered on Baldwin Road south of the bridge, was having any trouble routing around the bridge. He said it wasn’t. Motorists can detour onto U.S. 49 or through Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Park.
“We’ve got to fix the bridge,” Abraham said. “I make the motion we fix it. Take it out of the bridge fund.”
Board of Supervisors President Wayne Self provided the second. The bridge is in District 4, which he represents.The board opted to avoid advertising for bids and instead use a yearly bid. Correro later said the general contractor would be Double S Inc. from Grenada.
The board also voted to accept the completion of another bridge project, this one on Holly Grove Road east of Sidon and discussed attempts to secure rights to land adjacent to a bridge project at Lake Henry north of Itta Bena. County Attorney Joyce Chiles said she is trying to avoid eminent domain proceedings.
The board also:
• Instructed Chiles to set up a time and date for a hearing requested by an unnamed, terminated county employee.
• Asked Chancery Clerk Christine Lymon, county administrator, to look into how to address building and equipment issues at the courthouse and jail reported by a grand jury Aug. 27.
• Approved hiring two new, part-time Juvenile Detention Center employees: Dwight A. Macklin and Chiquitta Wright. Terrence Ollie, director of the Detention Center, received the board’s approval of plans to send two employees to Memphis for an instruction and recertification program at the Detention Center’s expense.
• Presented Ruben Hughes, chief executive officer and owner of WGNL and WGNG radio stations, with a resolution and plaque honoring his achievements in Leflore County and during a more than 60-year career in radio. Hughes, accompanied by family members, explained he came to Greenwood from Hattiesburg. “I wasn’t supposed to come to Greenwood, Mississippi, but God put me here.”
• Greeted Portia Collins, who introduced herself as the new executive director of ArtPlace Mississippi. “What we focus on is access to the arts for everyone in Leflore County,” she said. ArtPlace provides programs for adults as well as children and teens. Current plans include an “adult intro improv class that will be taught by Ms. Brandice Brown,” who is director of the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District’s elementary show choir.
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