Jackson County Engineer Jonathan Campbell received the geotechnical report for County Road 17, and he presented findings and potential solutions to the Jackson County Commission at its work session Monday afternoon.

The report showed that it is more of a sink than a traditional slide. Campbell said there are voids present and will require specialty techniques to fill. Campbell said the estimated cost to repair County Road 17 is $2.6 million. He said there are emergency relief funds available through the Federal Highway Administration, but those funds require a 20% match from the county.

Given the county’s financial situation, Campbell said the Public Works Department wants to make sure it has the correct procedure in place to fix County Road 17. The geotechnical report detailed a potential fix to County Road 17 by filling the voids and putting drains under the road to help ensure this does not happen again.

Campbell brought a bid packet to the meeting and discussed how the bid process would go to get work started on the road. He said he feels good about the draft. He would like some legal eyes on it before it gets sent to the state.

Campbell anticipates work could start in a couple of months. Commission Chairman Tim Guffey anticipates work to start in six to eight weeks. Guffey hopes federal funding will start coming in and they will be able to work on the other roads damaged in the February floods.

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