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Shared between states, road becomes problem

A battle over a road has been defused. The road needs to be paved, but the looming question was who would pay for it, since the road runs through two different states. A battle over a road has been defused. The road needs to be paved, but the looming question was who would pay for it, since the road runs through two different states.

(WMC-TV) – A battle over a road has been defused. The road needs to be paved, but the looming question was who would pay for it, since the road runs through two different states.

As traffic swooshed by, surveyors were hard at work Tuesday now that Olive Branch residents on the Mississippi-Tennessee line want a section of Stateline Road between Riverdale and Annandale to be repaved.

"It's just a bumpy road with some pot holes in it," said Sam Rikard, the city's mayor.

Half of that section of State Line Road is in Mississippi; the other half is in Tennessee.

"Anytime you have a road that's shared by both governments, they've got a stake in it and we got a stake in it," said Steve Shular, of the Shelby County mayor's office.

"Their residents drive on the same road as our residents do," said Rikard. "So it makes sense to work together."

After residents requested repaving, city crews patched holes. Rikard then told his staff to report back with cost estimates for the repaving.

"Once we found out the information and the fact that the road repairs were needed, we certainly wanted to collaborate with them to see what the best options would be," said Shular.

Shular said Shelby County has agreed to do the work and estimates the cost of repaving the road will be around $150,000.

"We would enter into a type of agreement with them to share the expenses," said Rikard. "If they're willing to contract the entire project - that's good news!"

Officials say it could take up to six months before work is completed on the project.

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