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Officials discuss latest reports on unimproved roads

December 21, 2011

By NATHAN GREGORY
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a report at its meeting Tuesday regarding the status of three roads from the 1998 annexation process which require improvements in order to be more accessible.
The roads are Greta Lane, Sudduth Road and Collier Road. There are currently funds from qualifying community development block grants which are not currently obligated and can be considered for the projects.
The electronic packet in the agenda lists three cost estimate options for paving Greta Lane, which is a dead end off Highway 12 located in Ward 2. The most economical alternative would be a double bituminous surface (chip seal) treatment, while the other two options would include varying amounts of hot mix asphalt surface. Those two options would meet city specifications.
The estimated cost of the double bituminous surface treatment is $98,163.88, while the approximations for the two hot asphalt mix surface treatments are $171,295.83 and $223,856.02.
Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill said the double bituminous treatment would be the best option due to the lower volume of traffic in that area and the amount of residents it serves.
“If this were not a dead end and more highly traveled, you would opt for the hot asphalt mix, but because this has limited use, you don’t have the heavy through traffic and 18-wheelers,” Spruill said. “Therefore, a chip seal project will do what the residents need it to do.”
She said Tractor Supply Co., which is building a store in the area, has done some improvements to the road but the remaining portions are still dirt and gravel.
Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins said he was in favor of making improvements to the road.
“I fully support (improving) Greta Lane because during my tenure, people who have come here said that area really needs relief,” he said.
Improvements on Collier Road, located in Ward 6, would include the improvement of a failed roadway area, Spruill said.
“There is a curved area on Collier,” she said. “The way that road curves and dips ... you have an effect that causes erosion.”
Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk said improvements to both Collier Road and Greta Lane could be made easily.
“It would be efficient to pave Greta and address most of Collier’s issue (due to funds coming from the city),” she said.
The estimated cost of the project is $47,942.22, according to the packet.
The Sudduth Road project includes blading, grading and maintaining the gravel sections as well as installing more gravel as necessary. Also included is the maintenance of the chip seal area.
Spruill said the road, also in Ward 6, mostly serves farmers, and the main goal was to keep the road passable and accessible to them and others who use it.
“Sudduth is pretty well improved up to where people live,” she said. “The recommendation from staff is to keep it graded and graveled so that its passable.”
The packet lists the estimated expense for maintenance to Sudduth Road at$11,840.00.

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