The Mendenhall Mayor and Board of Aldermen agreed that the road conditions in front of Mendenhall High School and Mendenhall Elementary were in terrible condition and decided that the majority of this year’s paving budget should be dedicated to repairing Circle Drive.
The project was awarded to J & L Enterprises at a cost of $139,986.86. Despite some delays the project is on pace to be finished before school starts next week on August 10.
The Circle Drive project will take the lion’s share of the asphalt budget. The plan established by the board was to take the remaining funds and fix various stretches of road around town. There will be approximately $40,000 remaining in the budget. The priority following Circle Drive will be the areas around town that were dug up to fix substructure.
Booth said, “After fixing those places I don’t see it making it very far as far as streets that we are able to do. Forty thousand dollars won’t go that far.”
He said the board understood there would not be much money left after paving around the school but praised them for doing so. Booth said, “It was to the point where something had to be done. I’m glad our board decided to go forward with the project. That new asphalt will make the school look even better.”
Bids will be opened on August 13 to determine the remaining paving projects to be completed around town.