County to receive additional road funding

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County Fiscal Court has received verification from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office that an additional $91,690 is being released to Carroll County for work on rural secondary roads. Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson told the members of Carroll County Fiscal Court at the Aug.11 meeting that he had received this notification in a letter from Gov. Beshear.

The governor’s office on July 16 had announced an appropriation of road funds to county governments to help hard-pressed local governments bear the cost of necessary public services. At the governor’s direction, 20 percent of a fund ordinarily spent on rural secondary roads by the state Department of Highways – about $21 million – was set aside for use on local routes that counties have identified as priorities, according to an announcement from the governor’s public information office.

“Because of a projected $239 million shortfall in the Kentucky Road Fund, our ability to help has been somewhat limited,” Beshear said.

Area roads that have been in need of improvement for some time include King’s Ridge Road, Mound Hill Road and Goose Creek Road, Tomlinson said. He noted that King’s Ridge and Mound Hill will receive attention in coming weeks.

Under the governor’s initiative, the set-aside funds can be used on either county routes or rural secondary routes.

“It gives us an opportunity to say where it goes,” Tomlinson told the magistrates.

The state highway department already had on its schedule to resurface “about two miles of King’s Ridge,” Tomlinson said. “With this additional appropriation we’ll be able to have them resurface all the way to the Trimble County line. And Mound Hill they’re going to do that for us soon as well.”

Tomlinson said work has already begun in Carrollton preparatory to improvements to U.S. 42 through Carrollton. Several curbs will be excavated and replaced, he said, “and that work will take a week to a week and a half, then the resurfacing will begin.”

Resurfacing of U.S. 42 will begin at the traffic light at the intersection with Hwy. 227 on the east end of Carrollton, Tomlinson said, and will continue “through town around the Y intersection with Hwy. 36 and on to the Trimble County line.”

The judge-executive said there will be some milling of the old surface involved in the improvements to U.S. 42., with the project being completed “sometime around the middle to the latter part of next month.”

Tomlinson said the work “on the portion through Carrollton will be done during the evening hours” so as not to interfere with early morning and late afternoon work and school traffic.

Worthville railroad

Worthville resident Monty Reynolds appeared before fiscal court to voice concerns about railroad traffic, especially the noise associated with trains in the community.

“Most of the problem is that CSX is blocking the crossings for up to 15 minutes at a time,” he said. “If any of you came to town you can’t sit down at anyone’s porch and have a conversation because the bells are always going off when the crossings are blocked,” Reynolds said.

Train horns are blowing and engines are running at all hours of the night, he said, making it difficult for people who work swing shift hours to get any rest.

“The latest DOT figures indicate there are an average of 31 trains a day in transit through Worthville,” Reynolds said. “Fourteen of those are during the daylight hours. According to the most recent statistics we have, 500 vehicles a day go across the crossings. We have three side tracks in town and that means you could have three trains in town at a time waiting on each other.”

Tomlinson said he would discuss this situation with railroad officials.

“We do have a new contact person with CSX,” Tomlinson said. “We’re trying to establish a better working relationship with them. I’ll be talking with the new representative about some other issues and I’ll raise your concerns with him.”