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The Lee County Commission approved temporarily altering the speed limit on a portion of Lee Road 66 and approved renaming a section of Lee Road 270 during its regular meeting Monday night.

Speed reduction

“We are approaching the start of our bridge replacement at Sougahatchee Creek on Lee Road 65,” County Engineer Justin Hardee said. “We will need to detour using Lee Road 66, a lengthy dirt road portion. In consideration of the community’s concerns, the Highway Department requested the county commission to set the speed limit on the dirt portion of Lee Road 66 to 25 mph.”

The commission approved to temporarily reduce the current speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph, and a mass email will be sent and signs will be placed this week to inform motorists of the speed reduction.

“The contractor believes he can get the bridge built in six to eight months, and the Highway Department will then conduct the approach work," Hardee said. "We have worked with this contractor before, Newell and Bush Construction.”

The approved project will begin Feb. 11, and traffic will be allowed to utilize the bridge until construction commences.

Renaming portion of road

“Many people who live in the Beulah community have lived there all their lives,” District 4 Commissioner Robert Ham said. “We have a large population, and one of the things they asked me to do was to take a portion of Lee Road 270, which is right in front of the Beulah High School, and asked me to name that road Coach Weldon Parkman Drive.”

The community created two signs for Ham to present to the commission, and they unanimously approved renaming the section from the four-way stop at Lee Road 279, past the fire station to Lee Road 372.

“I got them to tell me some stories about Coach Parkman, and the life lessons he gave these men,” Ham said. “They passed a lot of them down as some of them coached there at that school also, and I was touched by it. I thought that was a reasonable request.”

Other business

The commission also:

> discussed drafting a resolution supporting the Auburn City Council’s request to reduce the speed limit of North College between Highway 280 to Shug Jordan Parkway from 55 mph to 45 mph;

> approved funding a 10-percent match of more than $8,000 with the Federal Highway Administration allotment of more than $78,000 to renovate seven high-risk rural sites on roads;

> approved assisting the Lee County Board of Education by hauling four loads of clay-dirt material to renovate four Smiths Station ball fields.

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