Kimberly-Clark access road construction to begin soon

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Work can begin soon on construction of the Kimberly-Clark access road, a project which county officials have worked to bring to fruition for almost a decade.
Last week the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors accepted the low bid of Eutaw Construction of Aberdeen, at $9,166,119. The bid was almost 10 percent below the state engineer’s estimate of $10,154,197.
“We’re in the contract document phase, and work could begin sometime in March or whenever weather would permit,” said project engineer Kent Geno of Cook Coggin Engineers.

Less than a year to complete
The agreement calls for the project to be completed in 300 working days.
“The board also approved a request from the contractor for cattle passes under the road,” Geno said. “They will use a box culvert instead of the usual cattle pass design for cattle to walk under the road from pasture to pasture.”
Other bidders included Phillips Contracting, Columbus, $9,319,772; Ronald Franks Construction, Savannah, Tenn., $9,687,845; L&T Construction, Hernando, $9,787,215; Hill Brothers Construction, Falkner, $10,290,801; and Tomlin Construction, Gordo, Ala., $10,419,558.
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 new road will remove tons of truck shipping traffic off other heavily used county roads, company officials have said. The road will extend south from the Kimberly-Clark plant on Kendrick Road on the east side of Clear Creek to meet U.S. Highway 72 across the creek from Marty’s Fish and Steak restaurant.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com