Funds sought to avert Bluff Road culvert collapse

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

Commissioner Smokey Parrish, whose district includes Bluff Road residents, said he is hoping for a 75/25 percent matching grant from the DOT. He said that, in that case, he could take $25,000 for the match from his road maintenance funds.

Commissioner Pinki Jackel asked why damage to the culvert had not been discovered during preliminary inspections before the paving began.

“It wasn’t until we had heavy construction traffic on the road that the collapse started,” said Pierce.

Pierce said he considered the condition of the culvert to be an emergency situation.

Commissioners voted unanimously to allow Pierce to negotiate with contractor C.W. Roberts for immediate repairs should the culvert begin to collapse.

Commissioner Noah Lockley said the problem is causing further delays to the resurfacing of Bluff Road .

Commissioners questioned the timeline for the project at a meeting earlier this year. Pierce told them then that bad weather had delayed work on the road.

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