• 45°
franklin county times

Governor signs State Aid road bill

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
March 28, 2001
County supervisors can now spend up to 25 percent of their State Aid funds on non-State Aid roads.
Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed a bill allowing the new distribution of State Aid funds over the weekend. The bill, Senate Bill 2318, was co-written by 28 senators from around the state. Sen. Gloria Williamson, D-Philadelphia, calls it her "pet project."
Effective July 1, the new state law gives county supervisors, working with county State Aid engineers, the flexibility to pave, construct and upgrade rural roads that don't meet current State Aid standards.
Because they don't meet these standards, they have been not eligible for federal and state funds through the Office of the State Aid Road Division, a branch of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Floyd Kirk, the division's director, said guidelines for using the newly-allocated funds on rural roads will be drawn from guidelines set by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Local roads roads with a daily traffic count of 400 or below will be eligible for the funds if they meet the additional criteria.
The money could be a big help. State Aid Engineer Terrell Temple said Lauderdale County has about 900 miles of roads, and 418 miles qualified for State Aid funds before the law was passed.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.

Franklin County

BTCPA auditions for final production of season take place March 3-4 

Franklin County

RCS holds annual Black History Month program 

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: American Legion Posts 64 and 120 – ‘Veterans Strengthening America’

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss Northwest Shoals

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss UNA

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: In memoriam – Monuments honor the fallen of Franklin

High School Sports

RHS senior chosen as Bryant-Jordan Region 8 Scholar winner

High School Sports

Russellville High School ladies soccer team members participate in annual Night to Shine

News

Russellville High School Scholars Bowl team qualifies for state tournament

News

Vina kindergarteners connect with lots of other classes

News

PCHS JAG student places in district conference

Features

Wedding Spotlight: Layne and Frank Edwards

Franklin County

RHS senior competes at state DYW competition

News

Extension, 4-H present free resume workshop

Franklin County

Franklin County has lots to love

High School Sports

Russellville High School honors alum Luther Tiggs with special night of basketball

News

BTCPA announces second production of season

News

RMS holds annual state assessment celebration

Franklin County

Red Bay welcomes new city attorney

Franklin County

Attempted traffic stop leads to high-speed vehicle pursuit, wreck 

Franklin County

Vehicle pursuit ends in wreck, arrest 

News

RFD, RHS collab promotes job readiness, community safety

Franklin County

Local students named to Mississippi State University’s fall 2023 President’s List

News

Russellville Elementary features among U.S. News & World Report best elementary schools

x