Engineering Update: Work continues in the county

Published 8:35 am Tuesday, November 21, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County Engineer Ryan Holmes gave a brief overview of projects during a regularly scheduled board of supervisors meeting Monday morning. District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown received good news on the Auburn Drive bridge project. 

Holmes said Auburn Drive paving work was finalized and was inspected. Grass started to grow back after the recent rains. Brown and Johnson Grove Church of Christ are happy with the project. 

Work for the Auburn Drive Bridge was approved by the Mississippi Department of Transportation at the last commission meeting. Holmes said they are working on an awards packet. 

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“It could be delayed this week but as soon as we can get that it can be prepared for the contractor to execute,” Holmes said.

Brown asked when they would start on the project to which Holmes advised they wait until after the holidays to close the bridge. Winter time is the rainy season and would delay work. 

“I would just love to see signs get up,” Brown said. “As I came to town this morning I saw a truck heading right for it. We have the road posted for no trucks with the weight limit.” 

Brown leaves office along with District 3 Supervisor Nolan Williamson and District 2 Supervisor Jerry McGehee at the end of the year. Incoming District 4 Supervisor Eli Ferguson will likely be in office when the Auburn Drive Bridge work gets started after many delays to the project. 

Other county work

Holmes said they got out in the county last week with a drill on Lott Smith Road and Oppelousas to begin the process of replacing bridges. 

Lincoln County Courthouse HVAC replacement is making progress. Holmes said the drawings are going well and should be ready for bid in the early part of 2024. Work will then start on the HVAC replacement next fall. 

Supervisors approved a permit for Cable One to splice an aerial line and bore under the road.