East Main widening contract OK'd

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The long-anticipated East Main Street widening project could start as early as next week, capping years of delay and skirting last-minute financial concerns.
City Council members on Tuesday voted 5-0 to award the $3.04 million contract to Tupelo-based Prairie Construction, which had submitted the lowest bid among the three companies vying for the job.
Councilmen Jonny Davis and Willie Jennings, of Wards 5 and 7, respectively, were absent.
Work likely will start within days, said Phillip Harbor, project manager for the Major Thoroughfare Program.
“We want to get started, Prairie wants to get started,” Harbor said. “As soon as we have the pre-construction meeting, we can issue a notice to proceed.”