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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet makes recommendations for Carroll road repair
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:00 AM
Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented the Carroll County Fiscal Court with information and recommendations for repair regarding the county's rural secondary roads during a meeting Tuesday.
Ken McCarty with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet outlined several roads that will have work completed after the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. With the cabinet's plan of action, Dividing Ridge, Locust and Mill Creek roads will have work completed because of severe issues.
Rob Hans, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet chief district engineer for district 6, told magistrates the county had received a 'D' rating on the rural secondary roads, but three roads identified in the recommendations need the most attention.
"Dividing Ridge Road is by far the worst in the county," Hans said.
McCarty said the department plans to scratch the entire road instead of trying to patch Dividing Ridge Road.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said he was pleased to see Locust Road had been made a priority in the recommendations.
The road will be used as a detour route during the three-month closure of KY 36 to replace a bridge, and the roadway isn't in great condition now, Tomlinson said.
"That road is going to get destroyed," he said.
Transportation officials don't plan any major construction on the road until after KY 36 reopens, but patches will be made as needed throughout the closure.
Hans also told magistrates of some changes this year with flex funds available to the counties for road projects. For the past four years, counties have been about to use 20 percent of the allotted funds on secondary roads or state road projects that needed attention. Flex funds were distributed based on the rating of the county's roads this year. Because of the 'D' rating on rural secondary roads, Carroll County received 10 percent of the allocations as flex funds. The Fiscal Court deemed it necessary to use the flex funds on the county's secondary roads.
Magistrates motioned to accept the recommendations and decided to allow the transportation department to use the flex funding for rural secondary roads in the county.
The Fiscal Court and transportation officials discussed the possible need for weight limit signs to be posted on county roads during the closure of KY 36.
Travelers and local truck traffic will most likely try to take the shortest route even though a detour will be posted, Tomlinson said.
Hans said he would check into the issue prior to the road closure, which begins Monday.
Other repairs on county roads and the mowing contracts for the state right-of-way were also discussed during the meeting.
Also during the meeting, Tomlinson gave updates on other construction projects throughout the county.
The streetscape project continues to progress, he said.
"As you can see, we still have the square tore up," Tomlinson said.
Sidewalks near completion on the north side of the Courthouse, and crews work on the south side to remove sidewalks and build new ones.
Work in the county clerk's office also continues with workers installing counters and ceiling tiles being replaced.
In other business:
Tomlinson issued a proclamation making March 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Month in the county.
"We just want people to think about it and be aware," he said.
The proclamation states that all county residents are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Statewide Tornado Safety Drill around 10:07 a.m. on March 5. Tomlinson also encourages residents to be aware and be prepared with a plan should severe weather strike.
County attorney Nick Marsh opened bids for several county projects during the meeting. TC Mechanical Services and DeBra Kuempel submitted bids for the air conditioning unit work at the William Wheeler Hall of Justice on Clay Street, while Ohio Valley Asphalt and Kemper Construction submitted bids for asphalt resurfacing projects.
Both issues were tabled so more information could be gathered before a decision is made.
The county received one bid for a defibrillator from Physio-Control for $20,985.60.
A grant will pay for the purchase.
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