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County seeks road, bridge funding

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By Jeff Moore

The News-Democrat

Carroll County Fiscal Court is seeking funds to replace a bridge off East Prong Locust Road and to repave a stretch of state secondary roadway in English.
Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson told fiscal court Tuesday that he received an inspection report on the Painter’s Road bridge saying it has deteriorated and needs to be replaced.
No school buses now cross the bridge, allowing officials to leave it open at this point. However, officials are monitoring it’s condition and may improve weight limit restrictions, Tomlinson said.
“I hope I don’t have to shut it down, but I may,” he said.
Tomlinson said the bridge did not have issues when the inspection was conducted last year. But heavy rains since then can lead to such problems along creeks such as this, he said.
The inspection turned up at least four other bridges with issues, including ones at Black Rock, Jay Louden Road and another on East Prong Locust Road. County officials will begin working with an engineering firm on designs for these projects, he said.
District 2 Magistrate Dean Miller said there is also an issue with a drain that needs to be addressed at the Irving Materials Inc. plant on Jay Louden Road. He said changes with an entrance there are also causing water to backup and create hazards for motorists.
Tomlinson noted that this would be addressed as part of the Park to Park Trails project that will bring a paved path past that location to the county park.
“There’s a problem and we know it, and we’re going to have to address it,” he said.
Fiscal court granted its approval to begin working with engineers on this project.
Tomlinson also informed magistrates that he has required $215,000 in state highway discretionary funds to repave a 3.7 mile stretch of state Hwy. 389 at English.
Under the current plan, he said the road would not be up for resurfacing for another four years. The road is in such bad shape that the work, from the railroad tracks in English to the Henry County line.