MADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/24/14) – The Hopkins County Public Works Road Department is currently assessing the country roads damaged by winter wear-and-tear, and will start placing “Caution Break In Pavement” signs in unsafe areas starting Wednesday.
The signs will be placed in more treacherous areas, said Jeff Browning, Public Works Director.
He says the road department is in constant contact with the county school buses to ensure the department makes the more shaded, destroyed areas a priority.
The department only has 75 to 100 tons of salt left after above-average precipitation levels this winter.
The department has been diligently working to patch up potholes in areas such as New Salem Road, McLevin Road, and the Nortonville area, but Browning says that they are finding “more and more problems everyday”.
With more winter storms projected to hit western Kentucky later this week, the roads department is already prepping for the slick spots on country roads.
“We’re still as prepared as ever,” said Browning.
The department is extremely low on salt though, according to Browning.
Already mixing the salt with sand with a 40 to 60 ratio, spreads will only last “one more event”.
According to Browning, fixing the road problems are “very expensive”.The Hopkins County Public Works Road Department will continue to repair the holes temporarily, but will conduct more permanent fixes in the spring and summer.
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