Council accepts bid for Judd Street low water crossing project

Judd Street bridge during a heavy rain storm. (File Photo Grizzly Detail)
Judd Street bridge during a heavy rain storm. (File Photo Grizzly Detail)

by A.C. Hall

In a brief meeting on Friday afternoon, the White Settlement City Council unanimously approved a bid of $99,000 for the Judd Street low water crossing project.  First discussed at the Nov. 11 council meeting, the project will see the flood prone crossing replaced with a box culvert style crossing.  The elevation of the road will also be raised as it crosses the creek and an area for pedestrians to walk across the road and safety barriers are also going to be a part of the project.

The low bidding company was Circle C Construction, someone the city has worked with several times in the past.

“They’re a good contractor; they’re good to work with,” Project Manager Jack Bell said.

A Christmas holiday time line is being looked at for the project as crews will aim to utilize the break students get from school to minimize the impact the construction has on traffic at nearby West Elementary.

Council members also canvassed the results of the recent election.  With no one gaining over fifty percent of the vote in the Mayor or Council Place 1 race, a runoff election was set for Dec. 9.  Incumbent Mayor Jerry Burns will face Ronald A. White for the office of Mayor, while Paul Moore will face Johnny Powell for Council Place 1.