- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - The Newton County Board of Supervisors has awarded a contract to replace two decaying wooden bridges to Magco Inc. of Laurel.

Newton County Administrator Steve Seale tells The Meridian Star (https://bit.ly/1KGECqA) that Magco submitted the winning bid of $671,085, which was below the estimated cost of $703,922 by County Engineer Duane Stanford.

Stanford said the project, which is expected to start the first of October, could be completed sometime in December barring any problems.

“This road is a very traveled route for traffic, so we hope to have it completed as soon as we can, hopefully by Christmas,” Stanford said.

The road has been closed since July, after officials declared it unfit for travel. Traffic has been diverted until construction on the new bridges is complete. Stanford said the new bridges will be much improved from the current timber bridges.

“Both of these bridges were deteriorating, and were R-Posted bridges,” Stanford said. “Log trucks, or any heavy equipment couldn’t cross them because of the low weight. They were strong, but just timber bridges with loose nails and boards.”

Stanford said the new bridges will be overlaid with asphalt, and will have new signage.

“There will be raised pavement markers that light up at night, providing better visibility,” Stanford said. “I think the people who travel across the new bridges are going to be very satisfied with the much safer, and improved ones.”

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Information from: The Meridian Star, https://www.meridianstar.com


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