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Carroll roads in need of repair following winter weather
, Courier Staff Writer
Friday, March 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Winter weather has created several problems on Carroll County roads that will need to be repaired.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson provided updates on road issues and other projects during Tuesday's Fiscal Court meeting.
Tomlinson said during an interview Thursday that a culvert on the west prong of Locust Road has deteriorated and a new culvert would be needed to correct the problem.
There's also a bad slide coming down the hill on Stafford Ridge Road near Buffalo Road, he said. So far, no dirt has reached the roadway, but Tomlinson has already asked road crews to address the issue before it gets worse.
Tomlinson also hopes to see work completed soon on two railroad crossings in the county that need repairs. A state program would allow CSX Railroad to complete the work, but materials would be paid for by state funding, he said.
The crossing on KY 227 has deteriorated because of the high-traffic area, he said. So has the crossing on Jay Louden Road.
"I'd really like to see them concrete (the crossings) this time," he said.
Another project on KY 227 - a new turning lane near the high school - has been bid out and awarded to Hinkle Construction, Tomlinson said. Crews haven't set a timeline for the project yet.
Tomlinson also warned drivers to watch for resurfacing work that may be going on in the area.
"There are going to be a lot of pothole repairs," he said.
County officials are waiting to hear about the new Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton campus project. Tomlinson said the project still needs approval from the state's House of Representatives and Senate.
"It's still in (the budget)," he said. "It's moving forward."
The budget is expected to be presented to the full House and Senate in the next few days.
"It appears it's going to pass the House," he said. "We hope all goes well."
Tomlinson said Gov. Steve Beshear has a focus on education. Beshear brought up the discussion of Kentucky Community and Technical College projects in his budget address earlier this year.
In other business:
The annual county audit has begun, Tomlinson said. The audit should be completed in a few months.
County officials plan to begin the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year soon. Tomlinson said the county hopes to get more information about the college project before beginning the budget process.
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