Fiscal Court hears road proposals
Wednesday, March 14, 2007: Lewis County Fiscal Court heard of the state's plans for
highway improvements in the county for the 2008 fiscal year, during its monthly meeting
on March 12.
Randy Stull, transportation engineering branch manager for Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet District Nine, introduced Barry Fryman as the new maintenance engineer for
Stull then explained that Lewis County has been allotted $1,023,101 as part of the state's
rural secondary road program for 2008. Of that amount, $404,862 has been earmarked for
maintenance. The balance is for two improvements projects the state has recommended:
resurfacing a section of Route 57 from Tollesboro to the junction of Ky. Rt. 984; and
resurfacing shoulder enhancement on Ky. Rt. 3037 from the junction of the AA Highway at
Clarksburg to the junction of Ky. Rt. 8.
In years past, magistrates were able to present lists of recommendations for county
roadwork in their districts, however that procedure was changed.
District One Magistrate Milt Stanfield expressed his concern about that change, saying
that at least two roads in his district, Happy Hollow Road and Ribolt-Epworth Road, are
falling apart and in need of repair.
In other road-related action, the court approved a resolution to enter into a contract with
the County Road Aid Cooperative, a program which provides funds for emergency road
improvements. The court then approved the actual contract. Lewis County had most
recently benefited from the contract in regards to the Hackworth Hollow bridge project.
County Road Foremen Dane Howard reported on his department's activities during this
winter's inclement weather.
He noted that several roads have pavement damage as a result of freeze and thaw
heaving and the department has hauled over 1,700 tons of stone during the past month.
The department spread a little over 700 tons of salt at a cost of $46.49 per ton. In addition
to their regular hours, employees worked another 467.5 hours spreading salt and
Magistrates asked about the possibility of buying salt in bulk to get a better price.
Howard said that would definitely be a significant cost savings, but the county only had
one salt storage facility and it isn't large enough to purchase even enough salt to last a
typical winter, much less purchase in the bulk amounts to achieve the cost savings.
He also pointed out that his department is responsible for maintaining 152 miles of paved
roads and 171 miles of gravel roads, far more roads (especially gravel) than any of the
surrounding counties in the region. He also explained that the department used 10
vehicles but only two are equipped with snowplows and salt spreaders.
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