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Video: On the Agenda of the Columbus Council

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — The condition of two busy Columbus intersections have generated dozens of complaints.

Now the state and the city are teaming up to do something about them.

Columbus will spend about $50,000 and the state Department of Transportation about $40,000 to repair the intersections of West Lehmberg and Lehmberg roads and West Lehmberg and Highway 50.

Both roads are busy arteries carrying traffic from Caledonia, Steens, East Columbus and West Alabama into the city.

The work should be done by the end of May.

On a safety note, the Columbus City Council Tuesday night agreed to put up as much as $33,500 to match a state grant to straighten a dangerous curve.

The Lowndes Port Authority is seeking the $335,000 grant to fix a sharp curve on the Port Road northwest of Baldor. At least two trucks have wrecked in the curve in the last year and city leaders worry even more will happen as dozens of trucks carry wood products and other materials to and from Baldor, Kior and other industries.

With employment at Baldor now at 275 and 100 at Kior, more than 400 workers at port industries also are in danger.

By the time engineering and design work are done and bids let, it should take about a year to complete the project.