Alcorn County intersection project advances

djournal-alcorn-countyBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Negotiations are expected to begin soon with about 16 Alcorn County landowners to prepare for an approximately $850,000 intersection improvement project.

The Board of Supervisors last week authorized board president and 1st District Supervisor Lowell Hinton to act on the board’s behalf in these negotiations.

The intersection planned for the improvements is commonly referred to as Five Points, and is the intersection of County Road 100/Kendrick Road, Farmington Church Road and Pittman Road.

The project entails some Kendrick Road straightening and widening, installing curbs and gutters and making drainage improvements for several hundred feet in both directions. Access to the intersection from Pittman Road will be eliminated to make it a more traditional four-way crossing to improve safety, Hinton said.

“I think this is going to be really good for people in that area and a lot safer for the people of Alcorn County and for the employees of Kimberly Clark,” he said.

Pittman Road has only one resident at the end closest to County Road 108, the Kimberly Clark access road. Once the street is closed from the other end, a “dead end” sign will be posted to let people accustomed to using the crossover street know they will need to use either of two alternate routes between County Road 108 and the Kendrick Road-Farmington Church Road intersection.

“The title searches and deeds are nearing completion,” Hinton said. “Once that’s done we can start negotiations to acquire right-of-way property. The plans are drawn up and approved and the funding is approved.”

The funding is from several different state agencies, Hinton said, and since the project was originally conceived several years ago the funding sources have changed.

Hinton said he hopes all preliminary matters can be completed for bidding and construction to begin in the spring.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com