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County nets millions in state asphalt money

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Projects will rehab sections of Dixie, U.S. 62

By Marty Finley

A statewide program to rehabilitate roadways has garnered nearly $3 million for Hardin County this year.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded money for asphalt paving on two state roadways in Hardin County, part of a larger package benefiting more than 45 counties as the spring construction season starts.

The state will rehab a 5.9-mile section of U.S. 31W between Ky. 313 and Illinois Road at a contracted cost of $1,974,563 and the 2.9-mile section of U.S. 62 from the Valley Creek Bridge to Ring Road at $913,323. Both contracts were awarded to Scotty’s Contracting and Stone LLC and will be completed by mid-to-late November.

Chris Jessie, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown, said the work will be completed based on the schedule of other resurfacing projects.

“They try to do their projects all in the same area then move to another to minimize relocating their paving setups over long distances multiple times through the course of a year,” Jessie said.

Unlike a typical resurfacing project where a new coat of asphalt is placed over the old, Jessie said the projects will be more extensive as the old surface is milled and taken up.

The new surface provides better traction for motorists and removes potholes caused by wear and tear from vehicles and weather.

“It’s just smoother and safer when it comes right down to it,” Jessie said.

The new asphalt also responds better to water and ice during inclement weather, he said. The two sections targeted have not been rehabbed in 10 to 12 years, Jessie said.

The rehab projects are awarded every year, Jessie said, with the state distributing more than $27 million to restore Kentucky roads. Almost 60 projects were awarded around the state this month with more expected later in the year.

In Meade County, two sections of Ky. 144 will be repaired, including a nearly one-mile stretch near Ky. 1600 and a quarter-mile section from Ky. 1882 to the Hardin County line. Scotty’s Contracting and Stone LLC won the contract at $78,193 and work will be completed by November, according to the state.

Jessie said the cabinet also plans to finish its asphalt rehab from Public Square to U.S. 62 this season as part of the previous lane realignment of Dixie Avenue.

“We will hold off until the city finishes sidewalk work to avoid any potential surface damage or having to take up any pavement as a result of their project,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.