CSX plans repairs to crossing

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Expect 2-day closure, detour on Hwy. 227

By Sharon Graves

Repairs to the CSX railroad crossing on State Hwy. 227 in front of the Butler Outlet Mall could close that road for two days in mid- to late March or early April.

The project will require a detour of traffic on the  heavily traveled thoroughfare using the access road built in 2007 near the Carroll County Fairgrounds, said Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson.

That road connects Floyd Drive to Ladder Lane, which intersects with Jay Louden Road (also known as Airport Road). From there, drivers can turn right to State Hwy. 36 East, from which they could connect to U.S. 42 via Martin Road, or they could turn left on Jay Louden to go back to 227.

The road closure is sure to cause some problems for drivers, but Tomlinson told Fiscal Court members Tuesday, Feb. 24, he has been assured the closure will not go beyond two days.

Tomlinson said some repairs have been made to the crossing, but more are needed. “They put down some cold patch and some new rubber padding. It’s still not great, but it’s a lot better than it was.”

The goal is to have the project ready to go when the asphalt companies reopen later this month, Tomlinson said.

CSX Railroad will pay for the repairs; the state Transportation Cabinet will assist with closing the road and re-routing traffic.

Magistrate Mark Bates asked if there would be enough time industrial plants along U.S. 42 will be notified beforehand, so that their trucks could be rerouted to Exit 55 on Interstate 71, rather than Exit 44 into Carrollton.

Tomlinson said he will be working with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to notify companies of the situation, and said temporary signage also will help alert regular traffic.

Recent storm costs

The cost of the Jan. 28 ice storm continues to be tallied, and the county is making every effort to re-coup expenses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state.

Storm damage prompted state and federal officials to declare a statewide disaster in Kentucky, freeing funds to reimburse cities and counties in the commonwealth for storm-related expenses.

Ed Webb, director of Carroll County Emergency Operations Services, said he has turned in receipts totalling $44,057 to FEMA. Once approved, those expenses will be reimbursed; 75 percent will be paid by FEMA, 12 percent by the state; and the  remaining 13 percent will be paid by local governments.

Webb said he turned in $17,152 in receipts for the city of Carrollton and is working to estimate which expenses will be reimbursed to Carroll County Memorial Hospital. The hospital suffered damage to its roof and gutters, and incurred heavy expenses with snow and ice removal, overtime pay and contractual help. Webb’s estimate stands at about $40,000, but it could change, he said. He added that he is trying to determine how much of the damage at the hospital will be covered by insurance.