By Jerome Wyche, Solid Waste Director
The Madison County Board of County Commissioners continues to expand its vision and take advantage of every opportunity to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Madison County. The recent plans from a Department of Transportation (DOT) project has afforded highly traveled highway 90 to undergo some much needed repair and upgrades. The contract was awarded to APAC to complete the project and much progress has been made toward accomplishing that objective. There was also great consideration in aligning the intersection at Country Kitchen Road and highway to lead directly into the Ravenswood Collection Site and the construction of a turning lane to enhance safety and promote efficient traffic flow.
Because of the intersection alignment and the expansion of highway 90 at that location, a new entryway into the Ravenswood Collection Site had to be considered. At the recommendation of Allen Cherry, County Coordinator, and at the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting on April 20, 2011, permission was granted to the Solid Waste and Recycling Department to pave a roadway within the interior of the Ravenswood Collection Site. A plan was drafted by Jerome Wyche, Coordinator of Solid Waste and Recycling and coordinated with APAC’S Project Department, where a contract was agreed upon. The paving of the site will be in conjunction with the paving of highway 90.
Although a specific date to begin the paving process cannot be pinpointed, citizens should be aware that the Ravenswood Collection Center may be closed for three to four days to complete this process. This will be a temporary inconvenience to insure that the area is safe while the construction in on-going. Citizens are encouraged to use the collection sites at Lee on highway 255 north, Industrial Park on Harvey Greene Drive, Rocky Ford Road Collection Site and 53 Central on highway 53 north until Ravenswood Collection Site is re-opened. Yard trash may be taken to all of the sites except 53 Central. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department is requesting that citizens be patient and cooperative when this process begins. Once the site becomes operational, citizens will benefit greatly from safe entry and exit as well as efficient traffic flow through use of the turning lane. If further information may be needed, please feel free to call the Solid Waste Department at (850) 973-2611. Thank you for helping to keep Madison County clean,