Huge load to hit Alcorn backroads

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Motorists who routinely travel several Alcorn County roads may want to find alternate routes Thursday and Friday as a massive piece of steel is transported across several county roads and state highways to the Yellow Creek Port in Tishomingo County.
The affected routes are Alcorn County Road 735; C.R. 750; C.R. 713; C.R. 700; C.R. 702; C.R. 701, Mississippi Highway 2 and Mississippi Highway 350, said county engineer Ricky Newcomb.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a request from Burkhalter Rigging of Columbus to transport a 773,000-pound load with a 26-foot diameter across those roads through Alcorn County. Newcomb said he had driven and inspected these roads to be sure there were no obstructions.
The product is being transported from Holly Springs and taken to a steel fabrication shop at Yellow Creek Port on behalf of Contract Fabricators, which purchased the former Dynasteel plant, Newcomb said. Hereafter, the company will be able to use its river access to move its merchandise and products.
The steel will be transported into Alcorn County via U.S. Highway 72.
The board passed a resolution in which the transport company must carry a bond to pay for any possible road damage and assume liability if there is damage that exceeds the amount of the bond.