Contractors begin work on a $357,000 paving project on the campus of the Neshoba County School District.
Contractors begin work on a $357,000 paving project on the campus of the Neshoba County School District.

A $357,637 project in under way to pave a large section of roadway on the Neshoba County School District campus, where more than 800 vehicles travel daily when school is in session.


Custom Paving Inc. of Lake is the contractor for the paving project, which will be funded through Federal Impact Aid monies.


The west and east entrances at the new high school are being paved to the elementary pick up/drop off line as well as to the bus barn.


The overall project also includes the paving of the high school parking lot behind the gym along with the pre-kindergarten pick up/drop off area.


“The project is probably around three-fourths of a mile,” Lundy Brantley, superintendent of education, said. “The parking lot holds about 50 cars.”


Dr. Brantley said the pavement would be “like street blacktop” grade as opposed to the current DBST pavement.


“We just have several areas in disrepair,” he said. “Our maintenance department is doing a good job. We have good roads but they have seen their lifetime. This project will improve our infrastructure and make our campus look prettier.”


New landscaping is also planned in some areas, including the addition of roses, to make those areas more aesthetically pleasing.

The roads included in the project will also affect patrons of most all athletic events at Neshoba Central.


“There are so many more cars on the back end of the campus as most of our athletic activities are there,” Dr. Brantley said. “We also have 800 to 1,000 cars daily in the mornings and afternoons when school is in session, bringing students to the elementary, middle and high schools.”

Dr. Brantley expects the paving to be completed later this week.


Meanwhile, he is asking personnel to not travel behind the high school or up to the car rider line until the project is completed as teachers and others make preparations to close out the 2019-2020 school year.


“The road will be closed,” he said. “Please go to the front of the buildings to enter.”

Dr. Brantley said the paving project was among priorities for him when he took over as superintendent on July 1, 2017.


“It has now turned into a need,” he said. “There are a lot of areas where they will have to dig out and reset the road foundation. There will also be some milling. A lot of areas are washed out due to the heavy amount of traffic.”


Striping will be added about two weeks after the paving is complete. The high school parking lot will also be striped. 


Bus drivers, too, will enjoy the new paving as the road to the bus barn is in dire need of upgrades as well.


The school district currently runs 49 buses daily.


Custom Paving’s bid was 13.88 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate of $415,286.

Other bids received were: Dickerson & Bowen Inc. of Brookhaven, $406,600; Murphree Paving of Tupelo, $432,296; and AJ Construction of Madison, $448,087.


Marty Crowder is the project engineer.


While the east entrance to the campus near the old high school is not included in this project, Brantley said it, too, was in need of repaving when funds become available.