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Weather continues to delay KY 36 construction
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:00 AM
LOCUST CREEK: Travelers hoping to be finished with the detours around the bridge replacement project on KY 36 over Locust Creek in Carroll County will not get to do so yet. The project that was first scheduled for a June finish, then a new completion date this week, will be pushed back yet again. The bridge deck is yet to be poured, the rails are framed and the approach coming to the bridge from the west is still a muddy path this week. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)
The road leading east toward the bridge replacement project is still a muddy path this week. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
A state roadway linking Milton and Carrollton will remain closed for a little while longer because of weather delays.
The bridge construction project over Locust Creek on KY 36 will take at least another month to complete, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said Wednesday.
"I would say it's going to be more like August," Tomlinson said. "I've not been told officially yet."
The road closure began in March with the road expected to be open by the June 8. The first deadline was extended because of mechanical issues with equipment and weather.
The road was expected to open this week, but several days of rain have caused the issues again.
Tomlinson said the reopening of the road will continue to depend on the weather. While work on the bridge continues, the weather conditions have not allowed workers to move forward with work on the approaches to the bridge.
"They're actually rebuilding about a half mile of road (going toward Milton)," Tomlinson said.
The redesign of the approach will allow for safer travel and better visibility for drivers.
Tomlinson said he expects another projected road reopening date to be released after the July 4 holiday.
"I know one thing," Tomlinson said. "It's not going to be open this week."
Tomlinson said at a previous Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting that the construction company faces fines - and will continue to face fines - for not completing the bridge construction work as scheduled.
Judy Construction of Cynthiana was awarded the low-bid for the project.
PHOTOS: Weather continues to delay KY 36 construction
A real money maker for KY DOT but a major expense for truckers. I have to reroute through Bedford then back track to Milton. That amounts to 48 miles of additional miles per truck for a round trip that I have to pay each week. KY DOT not only gets the fine but also gets the additional taxes for the Use Tax. Under these type or circumstances, the DOT needs to make adjustments for trucking companies. We not only pay the mileage tax, we have an additional 11 cents for the KYU tax. There is no incentive for the state to try to push forward with getting the job complete. To just put icing on the cake, the mileage tax for diesel fuel increased on July 1st. Just more and more taxes to give to the state. First we had to give up loads to and from Indiana because of the bridge, then we got cut off of going into California because of the new EPA rules and regulations and now we have to pay additional taxes because we have been detoured off 36 to and from Carrollton. How much do you think is too much? KY was listed as #42 on the list of highest cost for diesel fuel taxes in the US fuel index, #42 out of 48 isn't respectable and you certainly can't tell KY is collecting this amount of money when you travel the KY roads and bridges or try to find parking for a semi - it's just not what it should be. Just my opinion and I realize as long as KY is getting their pockets filled then they really care less how many owner/operators that are taxing right out of business. Once they run the independents out of business and are left with only major carriers and the cost of transporting goods skyrocket then everybody will notice. The extra expense on the delay on the bridge isn't causing KY any financial burden, the burden is being placed on the truckers and they are also being "fined" because the bridge is behind schedule. Doesn't it make sense that the truckers should be given a break since KY is already collecting $4,400 per day (the last I heard) for the delay on the bridge construction?
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