More than $2.2 million has been alloted by the state to fund improvements to Metcalfe County roads during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Greg Meredith, chief district engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 3 office in Bowling Green, presented the rural secondary road program Tuesday night to Metcalfe County magistrates, which they approved.
Of the alloted state funds, $500,700 will cover the cost of routine maintenance of nearly 110 miles of roads.
The program also includes the resurfacing and shoulder work to 5.67 miles of Ky. 640 (Knob Lick – Wisdom Road) beginning at U.S. 69 at mile post 11.053 and extending north to the intersection of Ky. 70 at mile post 16.723 at an estimated cost of $439,847.
Also included is a new guardrail on Ky. 640 beginning at mile post 4.102 and extending to mile post 4.222 for approximately 3,000 feet south of the Fallen Timber Creek Bridge with an approximate cost of $20,132.
The resurfacing of 1.011 miles of Ky. 677 (Roberts Road), beginning at the intersection of Ky. 314 and extending to the intersection with Iron Mountain Road at mile post 1.011 is also included and will cost an estimated $100,008.
The program also includes $166,203 in flex funds.
“That’s the money that the governor has carved out of the rural secondary program that goes back to the counties, if they choose to use it, to work on county roads,” Meredith said, adding the money is typically used for the resurfacing of county roads.
The amount the county received in flex funds remained unchanged from the previous year, he said.
“I went down through Roberts Road the other day and I thought it was just the ice that was causing it to be so rough, but it’s the blacktop,” Wilson said. “So I’m glad to see that on there.”
Magistrates also adopted a resolution regarding the realignment of four county roads, Harvey Hurt Road and Maplewood Lane, due to the construction of the new interchange on the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway.
In order to realign the county roads, the state will be purchasing rights-of-way.
“It’s not the state’s interest to keep that right of way,” said Deneatra Henderson with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “We will turn it back over to the county so you all can continue to maintain your county road.”
Before Meredith, Henderson and other representatives of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet left the meeting, magistrate Dale Rowlett asked about the condition of Ky. 90 East (Burkesville Road) beginning at the Barren / Metcalfe County line to Summer Shade.
“It’s getting pretty rough,” Rowlett said.
Ashley Graves, a section engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said he would request that a half mile of the road be patched.
Magistrate Greg White asked Meredith about the condition of roads throughout the state due to the salting of the roads during the winter and said he had noticed rough areas at the bridge on U.S. 68.
Meredith stated the state is anticipating spending more money this year to patch roads that sustain damage due to treatment for snow and ice.
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