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High water slows Carroll projects
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:00 AM
High water from weeks of rain delayed progress on several construction projects in Carroll County.
Carroll County Fiscal Court magistrates heard about the work on bridge projects during a meeting Tuesday. Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said the KY 36 road closure has a new expected opening of Aug. 15 because of weather-related problems. A final project deadline is set for Aug. 30.
Crews working on the KY 36 bridge over Locust Creek have dealt with weather issues throughout the project, which was supposed to open in June. The creek rose recently causing even more issues.
"There's not a lot we can do to control that weather stuff," Tomlinson said.
Crews plan to pour the concrete bridge decking today or Thursday, weather permitting.
Work continues on another bridge that has caused a road closure in Carroll County.
The measurements for the beams of the Buffalo Creek Road bridge have been approved by engineers and sent for manufacturing. The process has taken less time than first thought, Tomlinson said.
Other construction projects are scheduled to begin this week.
Construction crews will begin the first part of the Parks to Parks trail today. Workers will begin on both ends of the trail near KY 227 and in the General Butler State Resort Park and meet in the middle.
Tomlinson discussed resurfacing on some of the county's roadways. Several residents have called about crumbling pavement on the edges of King's Ridge Road and KY 1492.
"We know they've been damaged," Tomlinson said.
He hopes some of the roadways might be fixed during the next group of projects in July.
Tomlinson also discussed the state's advertisement of a request for proposal for the Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton Campus building. Companies may submit the requests until July 23.
One company will be chosen to draw up master plans for the new campus, which would include a 50,000 square foot building.
"This is just another little step to push the project a little bit closer," Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson hopes to have a set of completed plans by the time Kentucky's General Assembly meets in January to discuss next steps or possible construction plans.
In other business:
The Carroll County Fiscal Court plans to apply for a spay/neuter grant. About $150,000 is available statewide for the program. Tomlinson said the grant has been split among the counties that applied for the grant in previous years.
The county plans to hire a few certified lifeguards for the county pool at Robert Westrick Memorial Park. The pool is open for the season after issues earlier this year.
"We really struggled with getting guards this year," Tomlinson said.
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