County bridge projects near completion

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two grants awarded to the Escambia County Commission will help travelers across the county with new striping and signs on roadways.

County Engineer Bill Bridges said the $110,000 grant was awarded to allow the county to place striping along Travis Road, which could help with traffic safety.

“We will begin striping Travis Road with funds from the grant,” Bridges said. “The grant was awarded based on accident data for that particular road. The center and edge lines will be thermal striping for high visibility.”

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Bridges said the county will be required to match 10 percent of the grant to fund the project.

A second grant will allow the county to install new, highly reflective signs along roadways across the county.

“We will be putting in new signs using funds from a $20,000 grant,” Bridges said. “These new signs will meet federal regulations by being highly reflective.”

Roadways receiving new signs will be Appleton Road, Jay Road, Jack Springs Road, Ridge Road, a portion of Foshee road and County Roads 40, 27 and 45, Bridges said.

Bridges also updated commissioners on progress being made on repairs to bridges and roads throughout the county.

“We are working on approaches on the Cowpen Creek Road Bridge and the Old Foshee Road Bridge,” Bridges said. “Right now we need to get some paving done and bring in the guard rails to get the work at Old Foshee Road Bridge completed. We hope to have the Cowpen Creek Road Bridge done in a couple of weeks.”

Bridge also said plans are in the works to complete work on the bridge on Smith Dairy Road.

“We had hoped to get bids out on that project already,” Bridges said. “We hope to get those bids out in the next two weeks. We’ve had some issues with Corp permits, but we hope to get those bids done soon.”

Bridges also said paving should begin within the next two months along Mason Mill Pond Road.

Commissioner Raymond Wiggins questioned Bridges on work previously begun on Weaver Road off Ridge Road in District 2.

“I have had constituents asking about the progress on Weaver Road,” Wiggins said. “I know that work has been delayed and I wanted to know when work would go forward again.”

Bridges told Wiggins the work was delayed due to requirements on other projects.

“We had to get some work done on approaches at some of the bridges under construction so that work could move forward,” Bridges told Wiggins. “My guess is that we can get back on the work on Weaver Road as soon as we finish working on the approaches of the bridges. We also have to get prep work done for the paving planned on Mason Mill Pond Road. Hopefully we can get right back on Weaver Road when that work is done. My estimate would be a month to a month and a half.”

In other business, the Commissioners:

• Heard from Commission Chairman David Stokes concerning the passing of House Bill 406, which placed a two-year moratorium on the development of landfills in the state.

“This is a good thing for us since it affects our residents,” Stokes said of the bill passage. “Hopefully, Gov. Bentley will sign the bill into law this week. We appreciate the work done by Rep. Alan Baker on this bill. He knows the importance to us in this area. We also want to express our gratitude to Sen. Mark Keahey for his part in getting this bill passed. This moratorium now gives us two years to get these thugs away from this part of the country.”