Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 23, 2014

Bridge, road repairs planned

FRANKFORT — Bridge and road repair projects in Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties have been included in the 2014-16 Biennial Highway Construction Plan approved by Kentucky state representatives.

In Boyd County, the three-year highway construction and improvement plan calls for projects, including:

‰reconstruction of U.S. 60 from Ky. 716 to Rose Hill Burial Park;

‰and reconstruction of U.S. 60 from I-64 interchange (exit) 181 north to Ky. 180, including four driving lanes and wide shoulders.

As proposed, Boyd County is scheduled to receive $4,900,000 for transportation work during the current fiscal year, with $31,590,000 to be budgeted for 2015 and $2,940,000 for 2016.

Bridge work is listed as a priority for projects scheduled in Carter County, including:

‰replacement of a bridge along U.S. 60 over Upper Stinson Creek;

‰bridge replacement along U.S. 60 over Tygarts Creek;

‰bridge replacement along Ky. 474 over Smith Creek near Nunn Road;

‰bridge replacement over Reeves Branch near Reeves Branch Road;

‰and bridge replacement at Ky. 2 and Jordan Fork Road over Jordan Fork; and safety improvements at East Carter High School.

Carter County transportation projects included in the proposal call for allocations of $2,805,000 for 2014, $4,305,000 for 2015 and $1,000,000 in 2016.

Bridges also seem to be a focus of future highway work in Greenup County. Proposed transportation projects there include:

‰bridge painting for the Carl D. Perkins Bridge over the Ohio River connecting South Shore and Portsmouth;

‰highway reconstruction along Ky. 2 from mile-marker 13.2 to U.S. 23;

‰bridge replacement at Ky. 244 near U.S. 23 over the CSX Railroad;

‰and demolition of a bridge along CS-1023 over Town Branch.

Greenup County’s proposed transportation projects would receive $2,005,000 during 2014, with $17,160,000 in 2015 and $2,000,000 during 2016.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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