Road behind Jemison schools to be repaved soonBy Emily Beckett Published 2:00pm Thursday, August 8, 2013
The resurfacing of a road behind Jemison Elementary and Intermediate schools is expected to be finished before school starts Aug. 19.
The Chilton County Board of Education had received numerous complaints about the condition of the road, which loops behind the schools and leads to Jemison Middle School.
Chilton County Schools maintenance supervisor Wayne Howell said large trucks using the narrow road without authorization had damaged its surface, making the road a potentially dangerous route for other vehicles.
“It was built for passenger cars,” Howell said. “Garbage trucks came through there and tore it up. It just didn’t have a good base under it for heavy trucks.”
Howell said school buses do not use the road, and he didn’t know of any major accidents that have occurred on the road.
Work crews with Lake Mitchell Construction have taken up the old surface of the road and laid a fresh gravel base.
The next step will be paving the road with new asphalt.
The road measures about 100 yards in length.
On July 16, the board approved the project and its estimated cost of $14,000, with the breakdown of expenses including asphalt for $5,000 and contract work for preparations and completion of the road with Lake Mitchell Construction for $9,000.
“It could be less,” Howell said Wednesday. “The rain has held them up some. It probably will be done next week.”