Emfinger updates board on engineering projects

Published 7:06 am Friday, January 19, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — Dungan Engineering’s Randy Emfinger gave Lincoln County Board of Supervisors updates on county engineering projects Wednesday afternoon. Supervisors had to push the regularly scheduled meeting back from Tuesday to Wednesday due to icy road conditions. 

Emfinger said they were close to finishing up ARPA projects. A final inspection will be on January 31 at 9 a.m. and will take several hours to ride, he told the board of supervisors. 

February 15 will be the start of Lincoln County Courthouse replacing the HVAC system. 

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Emfinger said Dungan Engineering plans to meet with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to discuss fixing problems with a bridge on Lake Lincoln Road before it runs into Sunset Road. Floodwaters inundate the low lying bridge on Lake Lincoln Road anytime there is heavy rainfall or flash flooding. 

Supervisors next voted to pay an invoice of $82,628 from Dickerson and Bowen for work completed in January. 

District 2 Supervisor Keith Lewis asked about a drainage problem on a gravel road connecting Lincoln County Civic Center to Smith Lake. Lewis said the way the drainage pipe was set up it is washing gravel into the ditch. The drainage project was completed in March 2018. 

“Rain water is washing gravel to the ditch. We are losing everything we put out there,” Lewis said. “The pipe is just way too small and water is going over the driveway.” 

District 3 Supervisor John Hart asked if the county could just go ahead and fix it and save money. Supervisors voted to take it under advisement. 

District 5 Supervisor Doug Falvey said he has a problem with a road in his district due to a creek on private property which takes a bend at the road. Falvey said the creek is washing out near the road and if left alone could take out the road. Emfinger told him they could do something to correct the issue. Falvey said the property owner was willing to work with the county to address the problem. 

District 4 Supervisor Eli Ferguson learned well from his predecessor Eddie Brown. He asked Emfinger if there was any update on a bridge project on Auburn Drive. The bridge received LSBP funding and Brown frequently asked about updates on the bridge. 

“We are still trying to get everything through MDOT. We are crossing Ts now,” Emfinger said. “We are getting there.”