Trio of firms win Northern Loop contracts

TUPELO – Three contractors will split work along the city’s northern loop when construction of the 4.5-mile road resumes this summer after two years of delay.
The City Council on Tuesday approved contracts with the firms, which had won a competitive bid process to build three legs of the road that eventually will connect west Tupelo to the Barnes Crossing shopping district.
Glasgow Construction of Guin, Ala., will build the portion spanning U.S. Highway 78 and Mount Vernon Road for $8.1 million.
Phillips Contracting of Columbus will construct it from Mount Vernon to the Natchez Trace Parkway for $5.8 million.
Prairie Construction of Tupelo will build the shortest leg, from the Natchez Trace to North Gloster Street for $1.8 million.
Only the last leg came in under budget, which had originally been estimated at $2 million. The first portion exceeded budget by $2.1 million, and the second by $1.6 million.
The Major Thoroughfare Committee, which had conceived of the road and now oversees its construction, unanimously accepted the contractors’ bids earlier this month.
The three projects will begin within weeks, and all will occur simultaneously. It will take one year to complete the shortest leg and 16 months each on the other two, said John White of Engineering Solutions Inc. ESI does the engineering for the northern loop.
Of the remaining three projects needed to complete the loop, one is finished: the extension of extending Coley Road from McCullough north to U.S. 78.
The other two require building bridges: one over the Natchez Trace Parkway, and one over U.S. 78.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is overseeing and paying for the U.S. 78 bridge, which is estimated to cost $5.6 million. And the U.S. Department of the Interior has been involved in the Trace bridge, which will cost about $2.8 million.

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Emily Le Coz / NEMS Daily Journal