April 1, 2014

Court approves road plans

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —  Laurel County will be seeing some improved roadways in the coming year, if the State Transportation Department gets their way.

The 2014-2015 road improvement plan was presented to magistrates during the monthly meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court on Thursday morning. Lonnie Morgan with the Kentucky Department of Transportation presented the proposed road improvements, but explained the list was what the local road district recommended.

The $2,145,678 budget proposal includes 8 roadways in the county, listed by their priority of repair. Morgan said any budget cuts to the proposal would affect the roads listed further down the list.

The top priority is a 0.245 mile stretch that runs from the BP Auto Truck on Ky. 80 to its exit point back onto Ky. 80 just past Clark’s service station. Morgan explained the road, now called Ky. 3435, is commonly used for trucks near the two businesses. Plans include paving and striping the roadway to prevent trucks from parking on the road and blocking access to DAV Lane. Currently, that section of road features large holes and breaks in the pavement. The cost for resurfacing and repairs is estimated at $118,315.

Ky. 1305 (Tom Cat Trail) from Ky. 488 to Ky. 80-East is the second priority for a 2.472 mile stretch at a cost of $210,358, followed by a $223,318 base failure and resurface of Ky. 552 from U.S. 25 South to the Laurel Ridge Landfill. This road improvement will cover approximately 1.481 miles.

German Lane in the Keavy area is the stopping point for resurfacing of Ky. 312 back to the Ky. 192 intersection. This 2.506-mile stretch is estimated to cost $229,964.

The bridge on Ky. 578 to Ky. 638 is another project slatted for improvements for the upcoming fiscal year. The 0.818 mile section set for resurfacing will cost $79,470. Ky. 3431 between U.S. 25-West and U.S. 25-East in southern Laurel County is next on the list, with the improvements in the 0.662 mile estimated at $88,301. A 1.185 mile section of road between Ky. 1803 along Blackwater Road to Ky. 1189 will also see improvements soon with resurfacing to the tune of $100,256, while the final road improvement recommendation lists Ky. 638 to Ky. 472 as another section of roadway needing improvement. The resurfacing of the 1.963 mile stretch is estimated to cost $177,538.

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