By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Construction crews this month launched a six-month drainage project to ease flooding along a portion of South Green Street.
As part of the $1.7 million job, the area will get larger culverts and a wider drainage outlet to prevent rainwater from backing up and soaking streets and businesses.
The area starts at Kings Creek and extends south to Eason and Cliff Gookin boulevards and includes the streets connecting South Green to South Gloster.
“It’s been a problem for years, but with new construction and new buildings going up in the area it continues to make matters worse,” said Sid Russell, director of the city’s Public Works Department.
Dirt work already has begun along South Green Street, where large concrete culverts are standing by ready for use.
Arlington, Tenn.-based Enscor won the job in March through a competitive bid process. Its price was $1,750,422 – nearly $40,000 less than the second-lowest bid offered by Century Construction of Tupelo.
The city will pay 25 percent of the project’s cost; the rest will be funded through a federal grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.