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Drivers feel ‘nailed’ by Ky. 607 conditions

By Brent Schanding

There are few signs that point to Owen County Metal Recycling, Inc., located a few miles from Monterey off Ky. 607. But if you follow the trail of aluminum cans, old car parts and other scrap metal that sometimes lines the roadway, you’ll have no trouble finding the scrap yard. Drivers around there –– mostly residents –– say it is not unusual to blow a tire from scattered nails and metal along the road. Most of those objects likely fall from the trucks and wagons of those looking to make a quick buck selling scrap to the recycling plant. But one man, who lives on nearby Herman Greene Road, said a string of punctured tires on Ky. 607 has caused him to rack up as much as $1,200 in road-hazard warranty claims in one year. He reported at least a dozen flat tires in 13 months, allegedly caused by sharp objects in the road. A plug provided temporary relief for another woman’s SUV after she claimed her tire suffered a slow leak from a three-inch rusty nail. “I know where I got if from,” she said, referring to Ky. 607, which she says is often littered with sharp debris. It will likely cost her $260 for a new tire, she said. Other drivers along Ky. 607 report similar stories. Many have careened into ditches to avoid metal objects, which impede the roadway. Others have been forced to remove large chunks of sheet tin from the road before exiting their driveways. While residents near Ky. 607 agree that road-junk is more than a nuisance, most say the problem would desist if junk haulers covered their loads, as required by law. Officials with the Owen County-based State Highway Department said Friday no formal complaints have been filed about conditions on Ky. 607. However, the department –– which is responsible for paving, scraping, clearing and repairing potholes –– issued a work crew there Friday morning at the request of The News-Herald. The crew will investigate sharp debris in the road, according to Nancy Wood, a spokeswoman with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6, and clear the highway for drivers. “We have to know about things before we can help,” Wood said. “If they notice things like that they also need to get the local law enforcement involved,” she told drivers in the area. Law enforcement can cite uncovered vehicles that are transporting metal along the highway. Drivers can report state road problems to district highway officials by calling 341-2700.