By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Construction is expected to be completed by spring on the long-awaited Kimberly-Clark access road that connects U.S. Highway 72 to Kendrick Road in Corinth.
The approximately $9 million project was proposed more than a decade ago to remove tons of truck shipping traffic off other heavily used county roads.
“Asphalt and temperature are the determining factors, so the exact date is uncertain,” said Kent Geno, president of Cook Coggin Engineers, which is coordinating the project. “We might be able to open Highway 72 to Farmington if they get that section completed first with proper signage and striping that would allow us to put some traffic on that road.”
In addition to providing Kimberly-Clark with the desired shipping access, the new road opens many properties to further development, as well as a more direct access route to the interstate highway for county residents.
The road extends south from the Kimberly-Clark plant on Kendrick Road on the east side of Clear Creek to meet U.S. Highway 72.
Project engineer Chuck Smith told the Board of Supervisors last week that the job is about 95 percent complete and the company has used about 92 percent of its allotted time, although the board granted a 30-day extension on the contract.
While awaiting completion of the road, Kimberly-Clark has continued to increase its investment in Corinth with expanded manufacturing facilities and additional jobs.
Eutaw Construction of Aberdeen was awarded the contract in January 2010 with a low bid of $9,166,119, almost 10 percent below the state engineer’s estimate of $10,154,197 for the job.
“I would be in hopes that by the end of March we might see it near completion,” Geno said.