The Jones County Board of Supervisors accepted a bid Monday for emergency road repairs on Ellisville-Tucker’s Crossing Road and on Old Highway 15. Their acceptance is contingent on approval by the Federal Highway Administration. The roadways are designated as federal routes and were damaged during the flooding several months ago, so the supervisors have a window of time to get one hundred percent reimbursed for the projects, said County Administrator Danielle Ashley.
The supervisors considered three bids and awarded the project contract to Dunn Roadbuilders LLC, which submitted a bid of $430,152.00. That bid was about 18% below projected estimates for the work. Bush Construction Company Inc. ($454,533.57) and Walters Construction Company Inc. ($444,487.00) were the other two bidders.
The supervisors on Monday also declared emergency repair conditions for the following bridges in Jones County: Monarch Road (Glade Creek), Ovett-Petal Road (Lancaster Branch), Ovett-Moselle Road (Tallahala Creek), Old Highway 11 (Falls Branch), Louie Bullock Road (Nichols Branch), Old Highway 15 (Tiger Branch), Old Highway 15 (Falls Branch), Monarch Road (Dry Creek), G. Morgan Road (Little Mill Creek), and Anderson Road (Magee Creek).
Ashley explained that the action to declare the bridges “emergency” projects eliminates the normal necessity of bidding out the work, which can be time-consuming, and allows the supervisors more discretion in choosing contractors for the urgently needed repairs.
Beat 3 Supervisor Barry Saul estimated that declaring the bridges “emergency projects” would reduce the time needed to complete the repairs by more than half.
Other action taken by the Board included:
- Approved a bid of $343,507.40 from R&J Construction for work on the G. Morgan Road bridge project in Beat 3.
- Approved a Trace Road paving project in Beat 1 for $129,940.73. That work was awarded to Bush Construction Company.
- Rodney Parker was approved as applicant agent for public assistance (FEMA).
- Faguial Ball was reappointed to the Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
- Approved Emma Peacock as interim assistant road foreman in Beat 3.