Funds allocated for resurfacing of rural secondary roads in the county was announced at a recent meeting of the Harlan Fiscal Court.
Robert Perkins, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet section engineer, said priority No. 1 was KY 568, in Cranks, which will be resurfaced for a length of 1.650 miles at an estimated cost of $138,371 from mile marker 0.0 to 1.650. He also listed priority No. 2 as KY 72, in Catrons Creek, 0.714 miles, from mile marker 6.696 to 7.410, at a cost of $74,860. KY 522, on the old U.S. 119 near Totz was priority No. 3 and will be resurfaced for 1.965 miles, from mile marker 13.635 to 15.6, at a cost of $177,121. Priority No. 4 was KY 3466, in the Bledsoe area, 2.326 miles will be resurfaced, from mile marker 0.0 to 2.326, at a cost of $210,846 and KY 1601 in the Jones Creek/Verda area was priority No. 5 and will have 0.437 miles resurfaced at a cost of $37,494 from mile marker 1.990 to 2.427.
“This year for Harlan County the initial distribution of funds was $1,457,276,” said Perkins. “There was a free balance that remained from last year in the amount of $85,149, and the total funds available was $1,542,425. Of this amount $744,900 will go to the district to help maintain proposed maintenance and travel on these roads. The county judge expenses out of this amount is $3,862, which leaves a total amount of $793,663 for projects. Of that amount flex funds for the county, to be used at your discretion for county routes, is $145,728.”
Perkins said “essentially what this all boils down to “is the Transportation Cabinet will pave state rural secondary roads at a cost of $647,935.”
“All routes were evaluated and we determined which had the highest priority,” said Perkins. “We come up with barely over 7 miles for resurfacing.”
A question was raised if there were any plans to do resurfacing “anywhere on U.S. 119” because of “significant holes and breaking in the roadway.”
“To my knowledge there is none for this year,” said Perkins. “U.S. 119 is a FD05 route and they are evaluated differently. An FD05 route is on a three year schedule and are reviewed every three years. Funding for those routes are established in Frankfort and they determine, with the district, points of deterioration.”
“It’s been a tough winter” and U.S. 119 has paid the price,” Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop said.
Perkins said if additional funds are left over near the end of the year, KY 2424, on Park Hill in Loyall, may receive “some strip patching.” He said this is a “low-volume route” and to pave this section of roadway it would take approximately 75 tons of asphalt. He added he may be able to turn this route in for “low-volume money” as funds becomes available.
He said they will also “take another look” at KY 2007, Coal Haul Road, and compare it to other routes to see what kind of funding they can find for this route. He said this is approximately three-tenths of a mile and he will “put it on his list to try and find special funds to get it resurfaced.”
A question about Little Shepherd Trail was brought up to see if there was funding available to resurface this route, which is “in bad shape because of recent water lines being installed,” and Perkins said it is also a low-volume route and a FD05 route.
A motion was made and approved to enter into this agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the Rural Secondary Program funding. A resolution was also approved to enter into this agreement.
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