Mercer officials lay out road concerns

February 11, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Stuart Goodpaster of the state Transportation Cabinet's District 7 office the made his first visit to brief Mercer County Fiscal Tuesday and went away with a list of questions and suggestions about road improvements from the court.

An engineer, Goodpaster has taken the place of Willie Whittamore, who was a familiar face to court members. He was accompanied by engineer Vicki Perkins Griggs. The state has 79 miles of roadway in the Rural Secondary Road Program in Mercer County.

Mercer County is apportioned $560,696 this year; $263,900 is expected to be used on the roads for maintenance and traffic. The judge-executive's office receives $3,862 to administer the program. That leaves $293,954 for improvement projects.

The state recommends resurfacing:

* Russel Branch Road from Dixville Road to Deep Creek Road at a cost of about $86,032.

* Brewers Mill Road from Ky. 152 to Ky. 1989 at a cost of about $99,363.


* Quirks Run Road from the Boyle County line to U.S. 68 at a cost of about $27,267.

* Clay Lick Road from McCowans Ferry Road to U.S. 127 at a cost of about $89,712.

Goodpaster said that would probably take up all of the funds but added a fifth project in case money is available. That project is resurfacing of Battlefield Road from the Washington County line to the Boyle County line at cost of about $112,054.

Magistrates had several questions, comments

The engineers usually ask if magistrates have any questions. This time, the questions and comments grew to quite a list:

* The curve entrance to the Harrodsburg bypass on the south end where several tractor-trailer trucks have overturned. Magistrate Bill Waggener said the curve is banked incorrectly, and David Weber, Mercer County Emergency Management Agency director, said the trucks that have problems are carrying loads that are not tied down. He said once the loads shift from one side to the other, "There is nothing the driver can do."

* The yellow light at the intersection of the bypass and U.S. 68 does not give traffic time to either stop or go through the light.

* Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler said he had gotten several calls about the shoulders left after repair of blacktopping is complete. He said the shoulder often is an unsafe depth and once vehicles go off the roadway, it is difficult to get back on the road. "We get a lot of requests about safety," the judge said.

* A request was made for a four-way stop in Salvisa at the intersection of Old U.S. 127 and Sugar Street.

* Better warnings for the railroad crossing on Garrett Lane.

* A request for warning signs indicating the severity of Kirkwood Curve on Kirkwood Road.

* And a request to make the one-lane bridge on Cummins Ferry Road a two-lane bridge.

Central Kentucky News Articles