Ky. River lock work proceeds

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County enters agreement with construction firm to maintain roadways

By Molly Haines

The Owen County Fiscal Court has entered an agreement with Brayman Construction Corporation to protect the county against any damages to Point of Rock Road during work on Kentucky River lock and dam three.

According to the agreement, Brayman Construction, which is located in Saxonburg, Penn., has a contract for work on the lock and dam near Monterey and will be hauling unusually heavy equipment and supplies over Point of Rock Road.

The agreement says the road is not designed to withstand such loads and amounts of traffic.

With the agreement in place, Brayman Construction intends to maintain and restore Point of Rock Road under several terms and conditions.

As part of these terms and conditions, the company agrees the asphalt pavement is currently in good condition with no ruts or holes, except for a culvert located at 505 Point of Rock Rd.

The company agrees to pay for asphalt surface to repair holes or ruts that occur during construction and for asphalt surface required to place a one inch overlay from Kentucky 3523 to the worksite entrance if patching has occurred over 30 percent of the linear feet of the road at the end of construction.

The Owen Fiscal Court agrees to furnish all equipment and manpower necessary to perform the work through the Owen County Road Department.

The agreement was approved during the April 13 fiscal court meeting.

The court approved the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects recommended for the rural secondary program for the fiscal court year of 2010-2011.

The work will take place on Hammond School Road, Claxton Ridge Road, Eagle Hill Road, and Pleasant Grove Road from Wilderness Road.

Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the total 4.62 miles of resurfacing is contingent upon approval of the state budget.

“The resurfacing comes from additional funding we’ve never had before in the governor’s budget,” Keith said.

The court also approved the purchase of $17,000 worth of equipment for the Owen County Road Department. The equipment included a F350 dual wheel dump bed at $5,500; a Dodge 3500 dual wheel utility bed truck at $5,500; and a Case IH C70 tractor and offset batwing bush hog for $6,000.

The fiscal court approved the hiring of William Sutton as a part-time paramedic and Kevin Stave as a full-time paramedic for the Owen County Life Squad.

A fiscal court workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.