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Roads will be resurfaced this year; Hwy. 44 on blacktop list

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Five major resurfacing projects will be part of the Rural Secondary program proposed by the state transportation cabinet.

Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for District 5, made his annual presentation to Bullitt Fiscal Court.

The state will have $1.1 million available to take care of the rural secondary roads in the county. The list of projects could be amended at a later date if additional funds are secured.

The projects planned in the 2014-15 fiscal year include:

*Resurfacing Stringer Lane from Highway 44 to US 31E.

This is a 3.2-mile stretch and the project cost is estimated at $199,220.

*Resurfacing Flatlick Road from Wales Run to US31X.

This is a 1.3-mile project estimated to cost $82,247.

*Resurfacing Kings Church Road roughly 1.8 miles to the Bullitt/Spencer County line.

The estimated cost will be $106,864.

*Resurfacing of Brooks Hill Road a total of 4.9 miles starting at Highway 44 West.

The cost of that project will be $277,652.

*Resurfacing Chapeze Lane from Highway 61 to Highway 245, a total of 2.5 miles.

The estimated cost on this work will be $147,691.

In the current fiscal year which ends on June 30, the state appropriated $1.2 million for this program.

Since that proposal was adopted by the county, the following roads were added:

*Plenmar Drive, 1.7 miles, $43,272

*Terry Drive, .8 miles, $19,021

*Ricky Drive, .1 mile, $4,517

*Kool Spring Drive, .45 miles, $12,364

*Fountain Street, .39 mile, $9,035

*Apache Way, .18 mile, $4,755

*Peaceful Way, .44 mile, $10,461

*Kristal Springs Street, .11 mile, $2,853

*County Route 1650, .1 mile, $2,378

*Quail Hollow Road, .4 mile, $9,510

*Oak Pointe Drive, 1.15 mile, $35,887

*Mount Carmel Church Road, 4.74 mile, $120,500

*Station Way, .43 mile, $11,502

*Brooks Station Lane, .43 mile, $11,502

*Brooks Station Drive, .42 mile, $11,234

Along with discussions on the rural secondary road program, Bullock said there is another funding source that would resurface Highway 44 from Interstate 65 to the Mount Washington bypass.

That project will be completed by November but he warned that there will be lane closing during the resurfacing project.

In terms of making major improvements to Highway 44, Bullock said that a study was done back in 2009-10. Several options were included to help ease congestion.

In 2012, a connector road from Highway 44 to Highway 480 was studied. Four or five alternates were presented east of Cedar Grove Elementary.

However, Bullock said, there was no funding.

In 2014, there was still no funding for that project.

The Cedar Grove widening project from the elementary school to past Heritage Hill.

Bullock said the right-of-way acquisition stage is the next step.

There is also a study of improving capacity and flow of traffic at the Cedar Grove/Interstate 65 interchange.

Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh inquired about any improvements on Highway 44 West.

Bullock said there is a safety project on that part of the road in which all signage will be studied. There could also be some rumble strips placed on the shoulders in some areas.

Bullitt Fiscal Court voted unanimously to accept the recommendations on the rural secondary program.