The county recently received the news it would be getting $190,000 in emergency funding to help repair a problem on Concord Road. Apparently a 300-foot portion of the road is shifting due to large trucks that travel back and forth to Griffin Industries.
Fiscal court approved Wednesday, Dec. 9 to allow Judge Executive Logan Chick sign a resolution to accept the money from the state.
Paul Lyne, Logan County’s Road Superintendent, said he was really surprised they got the money.
“We applied for the funding for this project, but I didn’t really think we’d get it,” said Lyne.
According to Lyne, who went out with the state to do a core drilling on the section of Concord Road, this is something that has been discussed for the past few years.
“The section of Concord that is affected is slipping to one side, the lower side towards the field. It is due to the traffic created by Griffin Industries. Their trucks are heavy and they travel a lot on that road,” Lyne said.
Griffin Industries is located at the dead end of Concord Road.
“We had engineers come out and look at the road and tell us what they thought needed to be done,” said Lyne. “The project will begin on the shoulder of the road. I have seen projects like this before where they drive railroad iron down into the road and that stabilizes the road. You have to cut the road down till you get a base.”
This project will keep the county from having to go in and repair the section every few years.
“It’s always been a problem with the traffic on this road. It’s been really hard on sections of it,” Lyne said adding, “I have to give credit to magistrate Dickie Carter. I think one of his trips to Frankfort he really pushed to get the funding for this project.”
Carter said this project was really important for a few reasons, one there is an industry at end of the road and two, it is a safety risk.
“It’s pretty dangerous down there in that one place where road is giving away, trying to slide down the hill. They have already had one wreck out there. When new drivers come in from out of town, they hit that area and it kind of throws them,” said Carter.
The First District magistrate said he felt like the county needed more than just a resurfacing in that area, so he called the state to see if they had someone to come look at it.
“Justin Young came down and I met him and showed him the section of the road. He said it definitely needed some work,” Carter said. “He said he would draw it up but had to do some drilling first to see what was underneath the road. He determined they would have to take two feet off the road in that one area and put more base gravel down to build it back up and then blacktop it to get it back to where it needed to be. They will be driving 35 foot railroad rails every three feet where its caving in.”
Cater said it would be pretty expensive work, but would fix it instead of patching it.
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