The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is on the move and Madison County is the destination for several road projects in the future.
Kentucky Transportation cabinet secretary Greg Thomas addressed the Madison County Fiscal Court during its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday in Richmond and provided a list of road improvements the state has in store for the county.
The KYTC said the “Bridging Kentucky” program, a project aimed at constructing and improving 1,000 bridges in a six-year period beginning this summer. The initiative will cover approximately 5,000 miles.
“In this period of constrained funding, all of us realize that there is not enough funding to go around, but we felt like it’s good to get out and talk to local folks, folks who know best about their needs and their community. “
Currently, the state has 15 projects ongoing or planned for Madison County, including several in Berea.
“There’s quiet a bit of activity in the county,” said Kelly Baker, chief district engineer for District 7 that includes Madison County.
The state is scheduled to replace a bridge located at U.S. 421 at KY 21 in the near future, a project that will close a portion of the road for approximately two weeks and will be a short closure and include a detour.
“It’s a rapid project,” said Matt Simpson, project delivery and preservation Branch II manager for District 7. “It was easier to close it, do it in a real big hurry and be done with it.”
The US 25 widening project on Richmond is scheduled to be finished in July, while Phase II of the Berea Bypass is on schedule and construction could begin by the end of the year.
“We’re getting close,” Baker said.
Other projects include:
• KY 627 interchange, Boonesborough-Winchester exit. The new route will re-route drivers behind Love’s Truck Stop that will affect commuters on Colonel Road. “This is an exciting project for the county, especially the north end,” Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor said. District 2 Magistrate Roger Barger agreed but added he’s “terribly disappointed they changed the ramp going back on to I-75 after everybody loops around the truck stop.”
• KY 52 (Wallace Mill Road and Duncannon Lane). Appraisals are ongoing and no contracts have been signed.
• U.S. 25 from Pumpkin Run to the split at 421. “We have a lot of utility work that still needs to be done,” Baker said.
• Bridge projects include KY 3376, 1044 Muddy Creek, KY 1984 (Tates Creek Road) and Peacock Road (Otter Creek).
• Muddy Creek Road, road replacement to accommodate heavy vehicles, especially emergency personnel.
In other business:
• Proclaimed the month of March as Children’s Champion Month. The program began in 1999 to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse, especially among young people.
• Adopted a county policy regarding assets, such as technology belongings and cell phones and inventory items within the county.
• Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle said his department is down another cruiser after one flooded out during heavy rains last weekend. He added another vehicle has a blown engine and his department is looking to replace the engine in an effort to cut down costs. Coyle added his department transferred two vehicles to the Madison County Jailer Steve Tussey.
• Promoted Zachary Sego from Firefighter I to Firefighter II ($7.50 per hour) and hired Benjamin Hall as a Firefighter I at a rate of $7.25 per hour. CSEPP hires included Jason Aliano, operations lead for $39,000 a year and Courtney Rader as an administrative assistant for $16.14 per hour. Adjusted the salaries for James Collins, Tim Freeman and Daniel Wood at $7.61 at Battlefield Golf Course, while David Hall’s salary is now at $8.12 per hour. The golf course also hired Carl McCray for $7.61 per hour.