Two rural roads in Henry County damaged by water and heavy rain soon may be repaired.
The Henry County Fiscal Court voted last week to utilize $70,000 in emergency road aid from the state to repair crossings on Six Mile Road and Turkey Run Road.
According to Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent, a crossing on Six Mile Road took damage several times this summer because of heavy rain. Some concrete and a pipe were washed out.
“Each time that washes out, they have to go in the creek and shore (the crossing) up with creek rock, which is done easily enough, but the problem is a significant rain can wash it out each time,” he said. “Then it’s geting down there and getting the equipment down there. In the meantime, it may not be crossable.”
Residents he said, would have to go 10-15 miles out of their way to access the road, a portion of which is creek rock. “It’s a pretty rough road, so you have to go pretty slow down the road,” Brent said. “It’s just not a place you can get to in a hurry if you had to come from the other end.”
A crossing at Turkey Run Road, Brent said, is under water four to five times a year, leaving residents in about half a dozen homes with only a 45-minute detour to get out and around.
Both projects will receive about $35,000 in emergency road aid from the state, for a total of at least $70,000. The county will supplement the rest, spending an additional $5,000 to $10,000 on Six Mile Road and about $13,000 on Turkey Run Road.
For the Six Mile crossing, a new better crossing will be constructed Brent hopes will “stand the test of time.” For Turkey Run, a new, higher bridge will be constructed, with contractors working up a bypass for residents.
The court voted unanimously to approve both projects.
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