Transportation officials discuss road maintenance with fiscal court

Transportation officials laid out a map Tuesday for Marshall County’s road construction plans this year during a meeting of the fiscal court.

Michael Oliver met with the court to provide the Kentucky Transportation Department’s rural secondary road maintenance recommendations. The list is provided by engineers each year, noting what work needs to be performed to maintain or improve existing roads.

Oliver said winter weather had left many areas in need of repair.

“Especially this year, with all of the ice that we had, we’ve got a lot of pot holes and areas that need patching,” Oliver said. “Not necessarily the full road, but certain sections.”

Marshall County’s allocation for 2018-2019 is $1.289 million. The district also had $320,715 in funds that rolled over from last year’s moneis. After maintenance funds were set aside, about $1.151 million remains for improvements.

Oliver said the state recommended the following work, a total of 9 miles of resurfacing:

  • Flex funding of $193,000
  • Paving 3.2 miles of Wadesboro Road from Slickback Road to State Route 58, at a cost of $300,000
  • Paving 4 miles of Benton-Birmingham Road, at a cost of $336,000
  • Paving nearly 2 miles of Solider Creek Road, at a cost of $167,779
  • Asphalt patching, aggregate and pipe replacements of $154,000

Oliver said other projects would also be started this year, including paving 8 miles of U.S. Hwy. 62 from McCracken County to Calvert City at U.S. Hwy. 95. The state expects to spend at $1.2 million on the project. It will spend another $220,000 paving State Route 1042 from U.S. Hwy. 68 to U.S. Hwy. 62. In Fairdealing, U.S. Hwy. 68 from Ky. 408 to Ky. 1364 will be paved at a cost of $160,000.

Widening of Fifth Street in Benton is likely to start by early May, Oliver said, with a completion date sometime in fall 2019.

“The price tag on that is $4.4 million,” Oliver said. “That’s just construction alone. That’s not including investment toward utilities or right-of-ways.”