Carroll road projects continue
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:00 AM
Several road projects are creating traffic issues throughout Carroll County as construction crews resurface roadways and replace bridges.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson gave reports on area road projects during a meeting Tuesday. Some of the exit and lane closures are restricted to night hours or weekends, but others have permanently closed roadways to through traffic.
The Carrollton exit ramps have been closed the past two days to allow for resurfacing as part of the Interstate 71 rehab and guardrail project throughout Carroll County. Work should be completed today.
Construction began at the intersection of KY 227 and U.S. 42 to strengthen the roadway for truck traffic, and lane closures are expected on weekends. A bridge replacement project closed Buffalo Creek Road for at least 60 days as the bridge deck is removed and measurements are taken.
Magistrates also received notification that the road closure for the bridge replacement project on KY 36 has been extended until July 3. Weather and machinery issues caused the delay.
Bridge beams are expected to be delivered to the site Thursday or Friday.
"Things ought to move a little better," Tomlinson said. "I know it has been difficult."
Tomlinson also expects another road project this summer. Crews should be taking out the raised concrete median on KY 227 and adding a turn lane to the area.
"I think they'll do the project," he said, "but I don't know what the timeframe will be."
Tomlinson hoped to have the project completed before the new school year begins in August.
The Fiscal Court also took a bid for the Parks to Parks trail submitted by Kemper Construction for $109,986 under consideration. The project's grant has been extended until September.
The first phase of the trail will be from Lock Road to the area near Sonic on KY 227. The trail will go through the General Butler State Resort Park and connect with other trails in the park.
"This seems to be something people are interested in," Tomlinson said.
The project was approved by magistrates.
During the meeting, Tomlinson discussed the postal service's concern about unsecured animals at area residences. Several mail carriers have been attacked by dogs, which caused serious injury.
Should a dog be unsecured at a residence, mail carriers have the right not to deliver mail in that block.
"They want to deliver people's mail," Tomlinson said, but not with a risk to their personal safety.
County attorney Nick Marsh said the county does have a leash law, and police will be enforcing it.
"Hopefully we can get it worked out," Tomlinson said. "We don't want this to continue and we want people to get their mail."
In other business:
Magistrates accepted the bid for an ambulance refurbish project from Life Star Rescue Inc. of Ohio. The company submitted the only bid. The bid was for $114,110 with a $7,000 trade-in allowance.
Marsh told magistrates the Kentucky Utilities bond agreement has been extended from 2014 to April 2016. No action was required by the Fiscal Court.
The first steps toward designs for a new Jefferson Community and Technical College campus will be taken in the next few weeks.
"It seems to be creeping forward," Tomlinson said. He hopes to have designs and other plans to present before the General Assembly at the first of the year.
The next Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on June 28 in the Fiscal Court Room at the Carroll County Courthouse.