County road could be returned to gravel

By JAMIE PATTERSON,

Residents of the Nod Road community in District 2 recently met with the Yazoo County Board of Supervisors to address complaints that have been ongoing for several years.

Robert Stiff, a representative of the Nod Road area, said that drainage problems and flooding in the roadway have caused deterioration and potholes, and leaning trees have been falling frequently, which have created even more hazards for travelers.

"My concern is that we have got a lot of special needs kids who ride the bus out there to the county (schools)," Stiff said. "So, what I want to know is what can we do to clean those ditches and get the water flowing again?"

District 2 Supervisor David Berry said that he had visited Nod Road earlier that morning to inspect a culvert project that had recently been completed.

"I know there are potholes all up and down through there," he said. "We have actually been kind of debating whether or not to turn that road back into gravel."

Berry added that Nod Road, which is about a mile and a half long, is among several older roads within Yazoo County that are deteriorating faster than the county can repair them. 

"I know that District 4 has turned some of their old roads back into gravel," he said. "I have started a couple myself and (Nod Road) is probably going be a candidate for gravel."

Stiff told the Board of Supervisors that he had done some research on the average cost to repair a roadway, in the range of $125,000, and said that the elected officials could have used their recent raises to cover the cost of some of the repairs.

Each supervisor recently accepted a $1,300 annual pay raise dictated by legislation.

"I think some of that money should have been put to the side, or at least could have been used for the road, because it's a lot of travel that comes through there," he said.

Berry replied that he has been getting multiple complaints about the area not only from Nod Road residents, but also from people living on Myrleville Road who often encounter these travelers making their way to and from Canton every day.

"I even went around to see how far out of the way it is to go out to Myrleville to (Highway) 433 out there, and it is a couple of miles farther if you go around that way," he said.

Berry agreed with Stiff that Nod Road was definitely an issue that needed to be resolved.

"If we can ever get any money, we are going do that," Berry said.

Stiff continued by asking what system the county uses to maintain problem ditches.

"We do have a system," said Road Manager Jim Warrington. "We have 1,300 miles of road, but you cannot clean every ditch out in a month's time."

Warrington added that as soon as they get a ditch cleaned out, heavy rains often come and fill it right back up again.

"Our ditches (in the county) are all silt.... during the winter you can't clean them out," Warrington said. "Most all of these roads out here are hills, and you know how bad these hills wash out."

Stiff also mentioned the numerous leaning trees along Nod Road that often fall and impede the roadways.

"That's another problem because we could get stuck out there," he said. "And if you leave really early in the morning and its dark, you can’t even see. I feel for our safety; I am serious."

Stiff added that he has plans to fix the problem on his own if necessary, but would prefer to work together with the county if at all possible.

Berry and Warrington both agreed to talk with Stiff to find a common solution to some of the issues on Nod Road.

"Let's get together and work out a plan to get these things fixed," Stiff said. "I have ideas too as long as we can work together."