Kimberly-Clark access road bids are in

CORINTH – Construction on the Kimberly-Clark access road, a project that has been on the drawing board for almost a decade, may finally begin early in the new year.
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors opened bids on the multimillion-dollar project Tuesday, with the lowest bid about $1 million less than the state engineer’s estimate.
No bid will be accepted, however, until after Nov. 28, when a public notice for environmental clearances that is running in the newspaper is set to expire, said project engineer Kent Geno of Cook Coggin Engineers.
Supervisors are expected to be able to vote on a contractor at the regular December board meeting, said board President Gary Ross.
“This has been a long time coming,” Ross said. He is the only sitting board member who served with previous board members who launched the project.
Low bidder of the six bids opened was Eutaw Construction of Aberdeen, with a bid of $9,166,119.
The state estimate for the project was $10,154,197, said state engineer Chris Dixon.
The county had put in place a financing package that includes $11.25 million in grants from the Mississippi Development Authority and a county match of more than $1 million.
Since the plan to build the access road was first approved in 2001, the cost has risen from about $7.5 million – with the county’s initial $320,000 match paid in 2002 – to more than $10 million.
More than two years ago Kimberly-Clark completed a $35 million plant expansion in Corinth with accompanying new jobs.
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.
“We’re excited to see this day finally here,” said Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance economic development organization. “Our board of supervisors have rolled up their sleeves and worked to get us to this point, and we applaud their efforts. It means a lot to our community and to our good community partner, Kimberly-Clark, to start this process. It will go a long way to be able to compete for jobs there in the future.”
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