The plan to fix South Lamar Boulevard
took another step Tuesday.
In a unanimous vote the Board of Aldermen
accepted a bid of $30,981 from Sunco, which was the lowest bid
for the South Lamar rehab project.
A new innovative technique will be used
and will only close down South Lamar for no more than 4-5 days.
The work will affect South Lamar between
University Avenue and the Square. This repair will continue
the project of updating all the sewers around the Square.
The project has a maximum of 40 days to
be completed. There was still some concern surrounding the roadwork.
"I think the technology is creative
and innovative, but we got burned down on Jackson (Avenue) and
no one can deny that," said Alderman Pat Patterson.
It was also unanimously voted for Mayor
Richard Howorth to sign Phase II of the Intelligent Transportation
System Agreement. This is part of the Oxford and University
of Mississippi agreement to accept $413,000 in federal funds.
Associate professor of geology and geological
engineering and co-principle investigator on the ITS project,
Greg Easson, acknowledged "the funds will carry us through
June 30, 2005, and the fiber optics down Jackson will be included."
Easson also wanted to make it clear that
the fiber optics cannot be put in during the road construction
on Jackson because of the university and timing issues.
The fiber optic plan has been in the works
for about one year and is being assisted by the Mississippi
Department of Transportation.
Easson acknowledged concerns about tearing
up the road and affirmed that "the construction will be
on the right-away off the road. There will be no tearing up
of the roads."