Road work set to begin

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Pike County Road Department has had its share of hardships, but thanks to federal grant money, three local roads will soon get a facelift.

Money from a federal High Risk Rural Roads fund will be used to level and resurface a portion of County Roads 7708 and 7711, and to additionally add traffic stripes to County Road 3319.

County Engineer Russell Oliver said the funds are granted based on crash ratings, which is why only a portion of these roads will be completed.

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“Traffic crash data divides up sections called links, and the crash rate represents each link,” Oliver said.

In 2007, a portion of CR 7708 was resurfaced with different federal monies, Oliver said.

The grant will fund 90 percent of the project and require a 10 percent match. Construction is set to begin likely in the middle of March.

Also in the meeting, the commission discussed ways to begin enforcing mobile home owners to be accountable for them.

As residents have to purchase decals for personal vehicles, mobile home owners are required to do the same.

“It’s each owner’s responsibility to inform the county if they own a mobile home,” said County Attorney Allen Jones. “Not everybody’s doing that.”

The commission is looking into ways to begin stricter enforcement of this rule and will discuss in the next meeting.

The commissioners voted to close a portion of County Road 2243 to large trucks at the request of the town of Goshen. This is the road that Goshen Elementary School is located on.

The commission will meet again Monday, Jan. 25 at the Pike County Health Department.