The havoc wrought on local roads by an extremely rough winter was the focus of attention for numerous residents at the latest meeting of the Floyd County Fiscal Court.
Representatives from the state Department of Highways presented their list of recommendations for updates and work to the roads hardest hit by this year’s snow and ice.
The first of several phases of improvement is coming to Route 680, the only phase with guaranteed funding in place. Construction will run from Minnie to the head of Boyd Hollow. Construction of a 3,000-foot bridge along the way has begun, but it will be a matter of years before it is finished. The next phases, stretching from Boyd Hollow to Little Mud Creek, are scheduled to begin as early as November of this year. These phases do not yet have all their requisite funds accounted for, but will likely rely on additional state funding.
Numerous citizens signed up to address the court, many only to bring attention to roads damaged by the brutal winter weather combined with the area’s typical heavy rains and flooding. Route 194 has dropped off in places, presenting a safety issue. Roads in Mill Creek and the right fork of Bull Creek, were others mentioned, to name only a few.
The damages represent the paradox the court faces in paying for repairs. A major flood would mean a state of emergency, and state and federal dollars would pour in. In the last year, however, the county has sustained numerous smaller floods, resulting in similar damages to drainage systems and roadways, but repairs for these must come from regular local maintenance budgets.