By Becky Killian, Editor
Knox County roads have been targeted by the state for an estimated $1.69 million in repairs.
During Wednesday’s meeting of the Knox County Fiscal Court, David Fuson, representing the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Rural Secondary Road Program, told the court about the roads the state plans to repair.
The total road repairs include $152,592 in “Flex Funds.”
When Fuson gave the Flex Fund total, Judge-Executive J.M. Hall expressed his disappointment, saying the amount was about half of what it was last year.
Fuson explained how the state selects roads for repairs by ranking and surveying them. He also said Whitley County’s flex funds also decreased this year, citing state budget cuts.
Hall said it seems as if Knox County is being penalized for keeping its roads in good condition.
“You’ve cut us in half,” Hall said, adding that he does understand the state’s budget concerns. “But we can’t catch up (on road repairs) if we keep getting cut in half on our funds.”
Those roads the state plans to resurface and their estimated costs are:
-An about 1.4 mile section of Hwy. 223 from Browns Creek Bridge to Hwy. 718, $121,200
-An about 1.7 mile section of Hwy. 225 from the Cumberland River Bridge to Hwy. 930, $158,628
-A less than 1 mile section of Hwy. 830 from Hwy. 1232 to Jojani Drive, $78,814
-A nearly 4 mile section of Hwy. 3438 from U.S. 25E to KY 11
-An about 1.5 mile section of Hwy. 2417 from Lynn Camp School Road to U.S. 25E, $115,296
Fuson said among the state’s other planned projects in the area is to begin work on the Hwy. 11 bridge at its intersection with U.S. 25E. That work will likely begin in late fall.
Hall asked if the state’s plans include installing a third turn lane onto U.S. 25E, and Fuson said he believes so.
The court voted to accept the state’s proposed Rural Secondary Roads plan for 2013-2014, although Hall said he does plan to call the state to see why the Flex Funds were reduced.
Hall announced he has asked for the state’s help in funding the installation of a sidewalk to the shopping area that includes the city’s Walmart store and some popular restaurants.
Hall said the area has a large number of apartment complexes, many of which are subsidized housing complexes and the residents who live there usually don’t have vehicles and must walk to nearby stores and restaurants.
Pedestrians in the area have been struck by cars, and Hall said one pedestrian died last fall after being struck.