Special to the Bullard Banner News
The Smith County Road and Bridge Department is on schedule with road work it has planned for 2017.
Smith County Engineer Frank Davis gave a quarterly report to the Commissioners Court Tuesday, February 7, 2017, on the work his office has performed during the first quarter of the fiscal year. Davis also gave a first quarter update on the Road Work Plan for the year.
During the first three months of FY2017, Road and Bridge employees worked 1,115 orders. Those included clearing 122 trees from county roadways, cleaning 114 drainage ditches, installing 32 new driveway culverts and nine cross culverts, repairing five bridges, 397 hand patching jobs, 25 blade patching projects, eight base road repairs, and replacing 140 signs.
From October through December, Road and Bridge employees overlaid 5.743 miles of road, completing about $600,000 worth of work in-house. In addition, Contractors did 13.154 miles of surface treatments, or about $386,000 worth of work.
Construction contracts for $502,341, including work on County Road 4212 in the Eagle Point Subdivision in Precinct 3; culvert/drainage projects on County Roads 419 and 431 in Precincts 4 and 3, respectively; and an overlay project on County Road 2221 in East Shore Estates, in Precinct 2, should be completed this month, Davis reported. Work has also been done to repair portions of Lavender Road, also known as County Road 35.
Davis said the Smith County Road Work Plan is flexible, with roads being added as conditions constantly change.
According to Davis, a large project planned for the second quarter is Big Eddy Road, also known as County Road 1261, including widening a portion of the road, as well as replacing drainage structures. He expects to bid out the project in March, and construction could start as early as the beginning of May.