MDOT restores Corinth road funds

CORINTH – Almost $400,000 in street repair grant money that MDOT withdrew late last year from Corinth’s budget has been restored.
City officials learned of the restored funds last week, and are expected to use the money to complete the repaving and sidewalk improvements on Fillmore Street from Childs to Main and another project.
“This is one of the projects that the design has already been completed and it has been approved through the MDOT process,” said Dave Huwe, community planning and development director. “We took bids all the way to Main Street, but had to stop at Childs because we didn’t know how the money was going to come in.”
Completing that project probably will require less than half the $396,000 the city was told it would get.
“What we will try to do is come up with a project that will use as much of that money as we can without going over the grant amount,” Huwe said.
The city pays all of the design engineering costs for any project, and matches with 20 percent of construction costs.
The state Department of Transportation told cities across the state in October 2009 that Mississippi had lost more than $100 million from its federal budget, which included Surface Transportation Program funds that already had been awarded to Corinth.
Corinth was left scrambling for a way to fund important street projects, especially the widening of Droke Road where the new elementary school will open in the fall.
The city executed a $3.2 million bond issue in December 2009 to pay for the road widening, a new roundabout intersection at Droke and Harper roads, and for the space the city will occupy at the new Alcorn County Justice Center.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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