Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Raise the Road: Funding available for Slaughters Project

J-E Editor
According to information presented to the Webster County Fiscal Court earlier this month, the small but troublesome stretch of Highway 138 between the CSX railroad crossing and the city of Slaughters may be getting a complete overhaul soon. 

Area residents know the area well, as flood waters at that point have claimed multiple lives through the years. That quarter miles stretch of highway floods quickly and dangerously in the event of a downpour. Unlike areas where standing river and lake waters backup into an area and remain somewhat calm, the waters that back up onto Highway 138 are fast moving and very dangerous.
The county government has been requesting that the state do something about the flood-prone area for decades, but two years ago was the first year that the project actually made it onto the state road plan. That in itself isn’t a major victory, because some projects will remain on the state list for up to a decade before anything is done.
Now, however, it seems that things might be moving forward sooner than later. According to information Gina Boaz of GRADD presented to the court, that project has now been fully funded by the state.
Kentucky Highway Transportation Cabinent sent out notices last year that they were begining the design phase of the project, which was the only portion that was funded on the 2014 road plan. This year’s update shows the project fully funded.
The total cost of the overhaul is listed as $1.8 million.

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