Deatsville, Chapeze to be resurfaced

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The list is not long and magistrates quickly approved the recommendations on how to spend funds from the Rural Secondary Program.

With just over $800,000 to spend, state transportation cabinet official David Arnold recommended to resurfacing projects.

One would resurface 5.8 miles of Deatsville Road from end to end. The cost would be $558,000.

The other project would be to resurface the entire 2.5 miles of Chapeze Road at a cost of $247,000.

The only other funding for Bullitt County in the rural program would be $337,400 for the normal maintenance on 79 miles of rural secondary roads and another $3,862 for administrative fees in the county judge’s office.

Matt Bullock, chief district engineer, said the funds for the rural secondary program comes from the gasoline tax. This is one reason legislators should not lower the existing gas tax, said Bullock.

Each year, state officials bring recommendations on how to use the rural secondary funds.

Magistrate David Walker inquired whether any striping would be possible. The roads are narrow and difficult to navigate, especially for elderly.   

Arnold said the measurements of the road surface would determine whether striping is possible.

Bullock added that lines on the pavement edges might be possible.

Walker added that as the roads are widened, when possible, during resurfacing, the ditches are now right up to the edge of the pavement.

He pointed to a road like Horsefly Hollow where there are no shoulders and the ditches are dangerously close to the pavement.

Unfortunately, Walker said he realized that it would cost a lot of money to fix a road like that because new ditches would be needed.

Tom Reagan, a DOT employee, said the county could opt to use all its rural secondary money to widen a single road instead of resurfacing several others.

In another funding program, Reagan said Old Bardstown Road is slated for resurfacing in the next year.

Bullock added that there are other programs - such as the six-year road plan - where larger projects are done. However, that is also a much longer process.

Bullitt Fiscal Court members unanimously approved the recommendations of the state for resurfacing the two roads.

Last year, the state recommended resurfacing Raymond Road (2.8 miles), Stringer Lane (3.2 miles), Blue Lick Road (3.2 miles) and Upper Knob Creek Road (2.1 miles).

Bullitt part of program to notify of I-65 holdups

A new program that has been utilized in Jefferson County for the past year will soon be moving its way south on Interstate 65.

Tom Reagan, an official with District 5 of the state Department of Transportation, said a pilot program has been used the past year to find a way to help reroute traffic when accidents occur.

If there is an anticipated closure of more than two hours on Interstate 65, law enforcement officials and dispatchers are to notify TRIMARC.

That company operates the electronic signs on the interstate.

Reagan said the goal is to have TRIMARC notify dispatchers for trucking companies that operate in the state.

With the notification, dispatchers can then re-route trucks and help them avoid congestion. Reagan said that might mean that truckers can sit in rest areas until the road is re-opened.

The hope is to get the program in operation for Bullitt County within the next month, said Reagan.

Law enforcement agencies will be notified.

Larry Coy said the sheriff’s department has already been working with officials. Central Dispatch personnel will be ready to contact TRIMARC when the program is operational.

The goal is the cut down on the congestion when roads are closed and to help with re-routing of the traffic.

Eventually, Reagan said, the program would be in operation in all portions of Interstate 65.