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Work on 20th Street project delayed until July 21

The much anticipated start of work to complete the final phase of the 20th Street N.E. resurfacing and rehabilitation project is now expected to begin on Monday, July 21, according to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton.
The city manager said this week that the contractor on the project, The Scruggs Company of Hahira, Ga., has been held up on starting the work due to other project commitments.
“I talked with Stacy Watkins (the city’s consulting engineer) and he is comfortable that once work begins on the 21st, they will be done before school starts on Aug. 8. I certainly hope he is right,” Addleton said Tuesday.
School officials, including Eastside Principal Shelia Cain, have been inquiring when work would begin with the opening of school less than four weeks away.
A full depth reclamation of the street will be done from near Eastside Elementary School out to the intersection with GA Highway 188. The cost of the project is $245,238.19, which is being paid with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds.
Work on previous phases of the major street project forced detours for school buses and parents dropping off students that school officials hope to avoid this year.
“From what I’m told, once they start, they will get in there and get it done,” Addleton said.

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