Communities eye infrastructure work

BY LENA MITCHELL
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

Projects are planned in Booneville, Corinth and Ripley to enhance the attractiveness of the cities for residents and business interests.
In Booneville, a bid opening is scheduled for Jan. 25 to begin a resurfacing project on Highway 145 through downtown.
“We’ll begin on Old 45 south of Booneville where it starts widening out to four lanes, and go about three miles through town to the Highway 4 intersection,” said state Department of Transportation engineer Paul Swindoll.
The mill and overlay work will cause some disruption to daytime traffic, but at least one lane will be kept open, he said.
The project is expected to cost $600,000-$650,000, which will come from federal highway resurfacing money. Work likely will begin in February and be completed by mid-June.

Cooperation
“The mayor in Booneville has been very cooperative with us in addressing some situations up there to make it possible for us to do this project,” Swindoll said. “He’s worked to push work on sidewalks to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They’re city sidewalks but on our right of way.”
Booneville Mayor Wayne Michael said he’s been working more than two years to get funding for the project, which will be a big advantage for economic development.
Two Corinth projects will greatly improve traffic flow in two areas of the city and make pedestrian access in downtown easier, said Mayor Jerry Latch.
“Work on Fillmore Street in downtown will include the sidewalk and curb,” Latch said. “That used to be Highway 145 through Corinth, and for some reason several years ago the city accepted it as a street. In every other town, the state takes care of those streets.”
Work will run from Main Street to Tate Street, a project to be paid with state funds totaling about $270,000 of the total project cost of about $340,000.
Another state-funded project will pay about $110,000 for installation of a traffic signal on South Harper Road near the entrance to the Cellular South parking lot across from Wal-Mart.
Additionally, the city of Ripley is opening bids next week on projects to add a turn lane at the intersection of Highway 4 and Highway 15, and also on South Main Street, said Mayor Mike Harrison.
“Both these projects should improve traffic flow in the city, and be a great help to business,” he said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com