By Cain Madden/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – It is going to take a great rain to cover Water Street from now on.
An old culvert had been causing drainage problems on Water Street in Saltillo when it rained, and Lee County stepped in and replaced it after it was discovered deteriorated.
“When a culvert deteriorates, dirt builds up in it, and it slows water,” District 2 Supervisor Bobby Smith said. “They were having a flooding problem with the road.”
Saltillo Public Works Director Richard Feist said two galvanized metal culverts were replaced with a single, 60-inch radius, concrete squashed culvert, which means it is wider at the bottom than top.
“Being a 60-inch, you won’t have near the maintenance issues with debris,” Feist said. “Also, with it being one compared to two, your water will flow better.”
The project is mostly done, Smith said, the only step left on the county is to secure the dirt and gravel once it settles and put asphalt across the road. Smith said this step would likely be complete in a few weeks.
Smith said the project cost about $25,000, but added that the county was eligible for assistance from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
Smith said this is part of an ongoing program for the county.
“We are aiming to replace as many old obsolete culverts as we can,” Smith said. “Money is tight, so we have to stay in our means and not raise taxes. We don’t overspend, and we make every dollar count.”