End of longtime street upgrade project in sight
by Paisley Boston
Aug 30, 2013 | 1953 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
County Engineer Bob Eley and County Administrator Will Hooker gave a brief project overview and scope of work for the Davis Street Repair Project.
County Engineer Bob Eley and County Administrator Will Hooker gave a brief project overview and scope of work for the Davis Street Repair Project.
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors celebrated the final phase and completion of the countywide SAFETEA-LU infrastructure project and investment with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Davis Street Repair Project on Thursday.

SAFETEA-LU, or the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, represents the largest surface transportation investment in our nation's history.

Supervisors said they were elated to finish the final phase of the $2 million SAFETEA-LU grant project.

"From the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors perspective, SAFETEA-LU was greatly needed. It enabled the county and local municipalities to partner and deliver numerous infrastructure projects in six municipal communities within Bolivar County,” said County Administrator Will Hooker.

"The Davis Street project was part of a county-wide infrastructure improvement. The federal government signed SAFETEA-LU into law in 2005.

"It was administered with oversight and compliance and monitoring by Mississippi state aid agency,” said Hooker.

"SAFETEA-LU represents collaboration at all government levels; federal, state, county and municipal," he explained.

According to Hooker, Mound Bayou was given $400,000 for the project and on June 13, the American Field Service Incorporation was awarded the project, because it was the lowest and best bidding contractor.

"Congressman Thompson was happy to write the funding,” said Geri Adams, field representative for Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, who could not attend the groundbreaking.

"Funding went to the towns and cities of Shaw, Mound Bayou, Gunnison, Beulah and Benoit,” she said. "He really looks out for the Second Congressional District communities.

"Congressman Thompson would like to continue doing various projects throughout the Delta," said Adams.

According to county engineer Bob Eley, there will be storm drainage pipes installed, drainage inlets, concrete curbs and gutters, sidewalks on both sides of the street and an asphalt pavement.

"It took a lot of work to bring this project to where it is today. It is a good day for us and the city of Mound Bayou," said Eley.

Mound Bayou Mayor Darryl Johnson said he is ecstatic about the project and he expressed gratitude to former mayor Kennedy Johnson, former supervisor Richard Coleman and other individuals who made the Davis Street Project a reality.

"This project is a very good example of unity," said Johnson. “If no one took the initiative to make this project work, it would not have worked. We're very thankful that people are working together.

"We're going to turn this place into a place that everyone should see. It is a city that was setup on a hill and now it cannot be heeled," said Johnson.

"The project is a win, win situation for the city and county,” said Supervisor Preston Billings. "We think that this project will springboard other projects, especially in Mound Bayou.

"Let's come together, stay together and work together. We want to make Bolivar County the number one county in Mississippi," added Billings.