By Fred Woods
The Lee County Commission authorized execution of the Federal Aid Agreement to replace the bridge on LR 376 over a tributary of Osanippa Creek in the Beulah community at their regular meeting last Monday night. The project is the ninth of 15 Lee County bridge replacements authorized under the former Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). The total cost of the bridge will be $286,696. The county’s share is $57,339 with the balance provided from federal funds passed through the Alabama Department of Transportation.
The commission also received the nomination (first reading) of Teresa Paglione of Opelika for remaining vacancy on the Lee County Cemetery Preservation Commission.
In other action, the commission:
– finally reduced the speed limit on the narrow, heavily traveled LR 106 (Green Chapel Road, off Moore’s Mill Road) from 45 miles per hour to 25 mph,
– renewed lease agreements with the Genealogical Society of East Alabama and the Lee County Cemetery Preservation Commission for the Tyner Building at 909 Ave. A, recognizing that the leases may be vacated early if courthouse expansion construction begins next summer,
– heard citizen complaints about extremely dusty conditions on a two and one-half mile portion of LR 246 near Smiths Station. Mr. Johnny Black and several of his neighbors said the dust was exacerbated by logging operations adjacent to the road. County Engineer Justin Hardee said the road had been bladed several times in recent months, most recently around Nov. 15.