K-C access road one step closer to reality

CORINTH – Another infusion of cash – supervisors hope the final one – may result in bids being solicited soon for construction of the long-awaited Kimberly-Clark access road.
The Alcorn County board voted on Tuesday to advertise for an $800,000 loan to provide their final match to grants from the Mississippi Development Authority for the project, which over the past seven years has grown from a cost of $7.5 million to a cost of $13.1 million.
The county’s original contribution to the project was $320,000, which was paid in 2002.
Since then, however, the county has been challenged to acquire 62 pieces of property, a railroad easement and a gas pipeline easement to clear the way to construct the 4.5-mile road that will connect Kendrick Road to U.S. 72.
While $720,000 of the $800,000 loan will be used to make up the county’s total matching cost of $1.8 million, the remaining $80,000 will be used to help complete acquisition of the last three properties that are in litigation.
The Mississippi Development Authority has committed $11.25 million to the road project, said Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance economic development organization. If the cost comes in under the projected amount, the state’s commitment will remain the same and the county may be able to recoup some of its money, he said.
Kimberly-Clark completed a $35 million expansion at its Corinth plan in 2007, and the access road could be a key to further expansion at the location.
The road will extend south from the Kimberly-Clark plant on Kendrick Road on the east side of Clear Creek to meet U.S. 72 across the creek from Marty’s Fish and Steak restaurant.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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