Corinth to replace drainage pipe

Alcorn StockCORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen on Thursday voted to award a bid to Colom Construction Co. of Ripley to replace a major drainage pipe in south Corinth.

The original pipe was severely damaged in May 2010 flooding in Corinth, and most of the cost will be covered by a $931,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city will pay a 5 percent match on the grant.

The project will replace portions of pipe along Ross Street, Crater Street and near Combs Court Apartments, where residents were evacuated by boat due to the 2010 flooding disaster. The flooded apartments at the public housing complex had to be completely restored, and many residents were displaced for more than a year. Colom submitted the low bid of $868,817 for the project.

Bidders submitted two estimates – one for completing the project using bituminous coated corrugated metal pipe and one using aluminized corrugated metal pipe, said Dave Huwe, director of community planning and development. In each instance the aluminized pipe proved to be the lower cost product, although it is considered to be longer-lasting, Huwe said.

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