Millions included for Perry in state road plan
by Bailey Richards
Perry County will be seeing millions of dollars in improvements to its state roads in the next few years.
The new state road plan was recently accepted by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Steve Beshear. This road plan includes $4.5 billion in improvements to state roads, with $25.8 million set aside for Perry County.
Nearly all of the money allocated for Perry County projects will go toward building bridges, while the rest will go toward drainage and safety improvements.
This year bridge projects on Highway 80, Kentucky 476, and Kentucky 451 are slated to begin. Workers will be building a replacement bridge where Highway 80 crosses a CSX track and the Kentucky River. On Kentucky 476 a new bridge will be built over Troublesome Creek. A new bridge on Kentucky 451 will cross over a CSX track and the North Fork of the Kentucky River.
Another project starting in 2012 is a safety project that would address several issues on Highway 15 at the Perry/Knott County line. The project would replace deteriorating pavement and insure proper drainage to help the longevity of the roadway.
Several more bridge replacement projects are slated to begin in 2013, including a bridge on the Right Fork of Maces Creek over the intersection of Hunter Ridge. Another bridge project starting in 2013 is a replacement bridge over Trace Fork on Bulan-Hiner Rd. Other replacement bridges include Old Beech Fork Rd. over Leatherwood Creek at the intersection of Highway 699 and Black Hawk Rd. and Carr Fork.
Two safety projects are also on the road plan, both of which will be on Highway 15. One with help fix capacity issues from Morton Boulevard to Bonnyman, and the other goes from the same point but to the Highway 15 Bypass.
The final project will begin in 2014 and will replace the bridge on Big Willard Rd. over Willard Creek.
The two most expensive projects are two of the safety projects on Highway 15. The project repairing drainage and road conditions at the Knott County line will cost of $6 million. The project addressing capacity issues from Morton Boulevard to Bonnyman with cost nearly $8 million.
All of these projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
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