By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Residents and drivers cruising Tackett Creek Road will soon be able to get beyond the “Road Closed” sign planted in the center of the street.
That’s because contractors continue their work in repairing three slide areas along that stretch of road.
During July’s meeting of the Whitley County Fiscal Court, Hinkle Environmental Services of Corbin was awarded the bid to repair the slide areas of Tackett Creek.
Hinkle Environmental is a division of Hinkle Contractors.
Judge/Executive Pat White Jr. said then that Hazard Mitigation grant monies will cover the cost of the project.
The grant title is the Tackett Creek/Mt. Ash Slide Project.
County Projects Director Amber Owens explained it was not just one isolated incident that caused the slide problems along Tackett Creek.
“They have been happening over many years,” Owens said. “The county has tried to patch them up, but after each rain they would slide again.”
This year’s tropical-like rains have added to the problem.
“They’ve recently gotten worse due to the heavy rains,” Owens said.
Heavy wind and rain storms in June 2009 caused several slide areas to develop in that part of the county.
That’s when the county decided to stop the patchwork and seek federal monies for a more permanent repair.
“It’s taken almost three years to complete the grant and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the application,” Owens said.
The contractor’s plan included drilling 10 feet into the bedrock, then inserting railroad steel to assist in stabilizing the ground.
Crews Wednesday continued their work on the three slide areas. Curt Bowling, a crewman with Hinkle Environmental Services, explained their goal Wednesday was to complete adding drainage pipes into two of the repaired slide areas. The drilling and stabilization effort has already been completed, according to Bowling. “We’re getting it ready for paving,” he said.
White had explained during the July meeting that it would take about two weeks for the work to be finished — some of that depended on weather conditions.
Tackett Creek Road does remain closed for travel, although crews do attempt to open it up during evening hours.
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