Road work underway in Monroe County

(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 6/17/2013 5:30 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Road Manager Sonny Clay monitors the progress of a heavily traveled road in Monroe County.

It's a road often used because it's a shortcut from Wren to Tupelo.

"Most of our money is going to be spent on roads that are connecting roads that connect one main artery to another main artery that people-not just in that little area will use but people all over the county will use."

That may sound like a reasonable plan of action, but it's taken a while to get Monroe County Supervisors to agree.

At issue was how to spend the money. County officials wanted their fair share.

What lies beneath roads dictates how much it costs to repair or replace them.

Soil on the east side of the river is different in quality from the west side.

Some roads in the county just need overlay. There are roads that have to be rebuilt from the ground up.

"It took us a while to get everybody on the same page, but I think we've got a program that's going to be good for the whole county," Clay added.

The program also includes widening of some roads.

Tree removal is underway. Pipes are being replaced where necessary.

"I'm proud of seeing it being done. It's long overdue and it's a good thing. It will help with the looks and it's gonna make the community look good," Shair Adams said.

"I'm very excited to have a new road. No more potholes and being able to come down the road and not have any accidents or anything. It looks great out here," Tyje Adams said.

Projects should take between two and three years to complete.
 
 
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