School testing concrete for driveway
HOUSTON – Tests are nothing new at Houston Middle School and a new form of concrete is being examined by the district.
Potholes in the concrete driveway at the Middle School have been a chronic problem for years, but estimates to dig it up, lay a base and pour a new surface have been expensive, prompting the district to delay repairs.
Trustees directed Assistant Superintendent Chad Spence last week to ask K-N-K Construction to install a section of fiberous concrete on the east end of the Middle School driveway to test how well it holds up to twice-daily bus and car traffic.
The board was approached by Todd Kilgore, of K-N-K Construction, last month with an offer to fix the drive at a price of $7.50 per square foot. At that meeting Kilgore said he would dig-out the driveway, put in 18-inches of crushed subsoil and pour six-inches of concrete re-enforced with fiberglass on top.
“I think we need to let Mr. Kilgore do a section,” said Board President Bart Munlin. “I know it holds up.”
Munlin had asked Kilgore to approach the board last month after K-N-K installed the fiberous concrete on driveways at Franklin Corp., that routinely handle 80,000-pound trucks.
Trustees have repeatedly said it will cost approximately $125,000 to repair the driveway and have received bids up to $400,000 to repave the drive from Starkville Road to the Central Office.
Houston Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker said repairing the driveway is not in the budget and the district is facing “other issues that could affect our cash flow,” referring to litigation and possible repairs to leaks in the ceiling at the School of Science and Technology.
Trustee Daniel Heeringa said there are drainage issues that should be addressed first.
Spence said he had received a bid of $74,000 to lay pipe and handle runoff at “the pit,” a section that holds water just south of the Middle School.
“Even if we can’t fix it right, we have got to do something,” said Heeringa. “I drive it and it’s dangerous.”
Trustees said getting K-N-K to do the work over the Labor Day Weekend might keep the district from struggling with traffic congestion in a construction zone. Trustee also appeared to want to keep the cost of construction under $50,000 and avoid engineer and architect fees.
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Floyd Ingram
- FSA offers livestock forage disaster relief October 14, 2016
- ICC names CenterStage members October 18, 2016
- McQuary shines in Maroon and Gray scrimmage October 18, 2016
- AP PREP POLL: Houston ranked No. 2 in 4A, Pontotoc No. 3 October 18, 2016
- Former Miss. state senator Irb Benjamin pleads guilty to bribery October 18, 2016
- Number 8! October 20, 2016
- Fall Fun and Games Day is Friday October 20, 2016
- EDITORIAL: Demanding excellence October 20, 2016
- Calhoun County man dies after Tuesday night shooting October 19, 2016
- Few storms, small hail expected tonight and Thursday October 19, 2016
- Bet Rob: I came into town over the weekend to ride part of ...
- Jim Garth Horn: Did I miss it or is there anywhere in the article ...
- Americasgone: They have a "no guns" sign on their door. If the...
- Americasgone: This has to be a joke. They have good employees an...
- Jessica Lacy: Leadershipprovides with the opportunity to lead. E...
- RT @wcbiweather: The heat index has surpassed 100 in many spots today. Stay cool out there! #mswx #alwx #wcbi http://t.co/Lt2LRZTDcm 3 years ago
- RT @dennisseid: OSHA: 24 work-related deaths in Miss. last year http://t.co/lgEYYtK7ZR 3 years ago
- Speech pathologists work to better communication skills | Monroe Journal http://t.co/lyHLvb0OS1 3 years ago
- Mumford & Sons bassist has blood clot on brain http://t.co/4xNLMhxaif 3 years ago
- Mobile home fire claims one | Itawamba Times http://t.co/FHouwxbnsp 3 years ago