Road work in progress

Published 2:11 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Ryan Holmes, Lincoln County Engineer, told the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors that paving projects were moving along at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday. 

He additionally gave updates on bridge work and projects to come. 

Dickerson and Bowen have completed a lot of work lately but still have a few more roads to seal in District 2 and District 5. They will start paving soon on Jackson Liberty, Holmes said. 

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O’hara Paving from McComb is working on a project on Bennie’s Trail and AAA has completed paving projects in the county. All paving should be completed by the ending of October. Holmes said 26 roads were completed and 15 roads are in progress right now.Additionally, 36 roads are in planning stages. 

Over a bridge

Supervisors approved and signed a memorandum of agreement to start the process of replacing a bridge on Lott Smith road which crosses the Bayou Pierre down the hill from Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Lott Smith bridge project will be completed with Emergency Road and Bridge Repair funds. 

Bids for the Auburn Road Bridge Project will open October 12. 

Holmes gave an update on Bethel and Opelousas Road Bridges. He said they are timber bridges on “life support,” and preliminary plans have been sent in for state aid. 

Bridge projects in Lincoln County should be able to get new funding specifically for state aid bridges this year. Holmes explained the legislature created the fund this year. Lincoln County could have used state aid funding in the past to repair bridges on state aid roads but used those funds for paving of the roads.