Lewis County applies for emergency road aid funds

By Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

VANCEBURG — Spring downpours in Lewis County played havoc on several country roads, resulting in the county to apply for emergency road aid funds.

Recent flooding in Lewis County prompted Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel to apply for emergency road aid from the state. According to Ruckel, six roads were in such a condition that needed immediate repairs. After taking a sufficient amount of photographs to document and assess the damage, a claim was made to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to receive the funds.

Five of the roads in question, Holbrook Hollow, Concord-Trinity Road, Toller Branch Road, Scaffold Lick Road and Holly Branch Road had sustained slight embankment slips. Concord-Trinity Road was in the worst shape, having seven slips along the roadway, while the rest had only one, Ruckel said.

The road aid fund will be used to stabilize the slips found on these roads and clear debris for safe travel. Along with these road repairs, a new bridge in Cabin Creek at Brown’s Run Road will also need repairs made to the concrete and an installation of a larger culvert. The estimated amount to repair the roads will be somewhere over $381,000, according to Ruckel.

While the county received funding from the state level, the state as a whole didn’t meet the requirements to be given federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ruckel said. Currently the state has approved funding for four of the roads in question, with the other two still under evaluation. Ruckel said there is no reason why the other roads souldn’t also be approved.

A contractor is expected to be on site to the clear debris from the damaged roads any day, according to Ruckel. Considering the number of roads, Ruckel estimates repairs will take two to three weeks.

By Jonathan Wright

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