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County roadwork planned for 2014

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By Melissa Blankenship

By Melissa Blankenship

Publisher@hclocal.com

While many miles of county roads need attention, which roads in the county will be resurfaced next year under the 5th District Rural Secondary Recommendations was the primary topic of discussion at the Henry County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday night.

Matt Bulloch, Fifth District Chief Engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advised the court of his office’s recommendations for roads that need to be resurfaced in the coming fiscal year. Included in his recommendation were River Road (389) a mile south of 22 for about one mile, a small section of Sulphur-Bedford Road and Sulphur Road (157) from the railroad to Scobie Lane for a distance of almost five miles.

Bulloch said the roads recommended for resurfacing last year through this source of funding had all been completed, and asked the court to take action on his recommendation soon so work could begin this summer. These particular projects are funded through the state using tax dollars paid on gasoline, and the allocation is based on the number of miles of rural secondary roads, of which Henry County has 144.

Projects involving primary state highways are funded through the Six-Year Road Plan, which had not yet been approved at the time of the Fiscal Court meeting. Made official Wednesday night, Henry County “fared very well,” according to Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent on ongoing and upcoming road work.

Included in that plan is continued work on Highway 146 between New Castle and Pendleton; widening of Highway 55 from Elm Street down to the florist, including moving the light poles back away from the road; drainage and sidewalk upgrades along Highway 241 in Pleasureville; spot improvements along Highway 574; and an engineering study to assess the issues and develop a course of action regarding sliding roads along Highway 389 near Port Royal.

On a local level, Brent said the county’s budget could support the resurfacing of about seven miles of county roads. Magistrates have been asked to submit requests for roads in their districts that need attention, then the road committee will prioritize the projects that will be completed this fiscal year.

All of these road projects, whether designed by local, state or federal government are funded through gasoline taxes, which cannot be used for any other purpose outside of roadwork.

In other business:

•Rumpke has recently implemented a policy change regarding removal of couches and mattresses. Due to increased incidents of bed bugs, all couches and mattresses left out for pickup by Rumpke must be wrapped in plastic.

•The first reading of the 2014-15 county budget will be held April 30 at 5 p.m. at the county-judge executive’s office.