WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (3/27/13) - Monday morning the Webster County Fiscal Court heard from Jason Ward, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet branch manager, about paving projects the state has in mind for the summer of 2013.
States roads in the county fall into two categories. MPs are major roads, or primary roads that fall completely under the state’s jurisdiction. The others are RS, or Rural Secondary roads. The funding for RS roads comes from “flex funds”, which the county government can allow the state to use as they see fit, request the money be spent on other RS roads or decline the money all together.
This year, according to Ward, the state has decided that the MP funds will go to KY 1405 and KY 630.
“1405 is the worst state road in Webster County,” Ward told the court. The plan is to pave this entire road.
The state will also be paving 630 from where in intersects 132 until the Winstead Cemetery area.
The state suggestions for the RS funding were KY 814 cut-off road between 41-A and KY 109 near the Hopkins County line, and three segments of KY 293 in the Providence area.
The 293 segments will be a stretch of the highway from Martin Luther King Boulevard to about the location of the chicken houses.; North Finley Avenue from Martin Luther King Blvd. to its intersection with Main Street; and a stretch of 293 starting at Broadway and ending at the railroad tracks.
“We had to break this up into segments because a portion of 293 runs with highway 120,” Ward explained. “120 is an MP road, so we cannot use RS funding to pave it.”
The court approved the state’s suggestions.
Total funding for the MP and RS projects is $827,730. KY 1405 is expected to be the most expensive, costing the state $316, 950. KY 630 will cost $302,640. KY 814 and KY 294 will cost $44,252 and $166,056.
Ward also told the court that District II has $12 million allocated for MP projects in their 11 county region. He said that Webster County was very fortunate to have received funding for two separate roads.
Work is expected to begin once the weather has warmed and plants begin making asphalt again.
The court approved the hiring of several new employees during the personnel segment of the meeting. Mitch Townsend will join the Webster County Sheriff’s Department; Lessa Russel will be going to work in the Judge Executive’s office; Titus Scott will be seasonal help at the road department; Justin Durbin, Russ Hogart and Jordan Wilson will be part time at the jail; and Jerry Durbin and Carolyn Martin will be working at the Senior Center.
Judge Executive Jim Townsend also read an announcement proclaiming April 2013 as Fair Housing Month in Webster County.
J-E News Editor
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