Mason dealing with water-damaged roads

While winter weather can take a toll on roads, the springlike, rain-soaked weather the area has experienced recently has added to the misery.

Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer said the collapse of a portion of Clarks Run Road has prompted the closure of the road between Fields Lane and Barrett Pike until repairs can be completed. The bank slipped at the affected location of the roadway and the asphalt cracked open, he said.

The road was originally reduced to one lane as the county secured a contractor to begin repairs, Pfeffer said. But once repairs began, it was discovered that the area of the slide was worse than anticipated and had begun to undercut the road, he said.

The decision was made to close the roadway completely until repairs can be completed, Pfeffer said. Those repairs will include a 60-foot-long retaining wall, and roads replacement on fill that has been repeatedly compacted, he said.

Repairs could take a week or longer, depending on the weather, Pfeffer said. If the area gets the rain predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, repairs could take longer, he said.

Roads in Mason County that are currently closed to through traffic because of high water include Mill Creek and Cabin Creek.

There are also several roads with low water crossings that need to be addressed and the county is still working on repair projects on Kansas Creek, Lawrence Crook and Springdale from July flash flooding, Pfeffer said. With the statewide disaster declared last week by Gov. Matt Bevin, Pfeffer said he hopes the funding available to Mason County does not decrease.

“I don’t know how much smaller the pieces of pie are going to get,” he said.

“Our road dollar revenue goes down and repairs continue to go up,” Pfeffer said. “It’s quite stressful.”

Another project which has been impacted by the rainfall is roof repairs at the Mason County Justice Center.

“We are making some progress,” Pfeffer said. “Weather will really determine the pace the project get finished.”

Work to remove the dome began earlier this month. Until the roofing is replaced with a metal standing-seam roof and the dome returned, the roof has been weather-proofed to prevent any further damage, Pfeffer said.

Repairs are expected to total $525,000.

The structure, built in 1999, has an array of issues, many associated with water damage. The problems center around leaks in the roof, which have caused damages to areas on the east and west sides of the building, as well as the flashing around the cupola.

During the 2016 General Assembly, $830,000 was included in the Judiciary Budget over the biennium for repairs to the facility.