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Council awards bid for new access road to industrial park

A new road will be constructed in 2020 giving easier access to the Industrial Park South from Highway 231 and the Enzor Road Connector Project.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the awarding of a bid for $2.1 million to construct the industrial access road.

“This has been a long-term project to create an access road to the Industrial Park South serving Kimber in addition to Baker Metal, Horn Beverage and Pike County Schools,” said Mayor Jason Reeves. “People have a problem trying to enter from the northbound lane (of U.S. Highway 231). This will allow them to go down to the access light at Lowe’s.”

And due to an exceptionally good bid, Reeves said, the recommendation was to also award the two alternate proposals that allow the site to tie in to the Enzor Road connectors.

“It’s huge for safety and convenience, and we expect it to generate growth and development on those connector roads,” Reeves said.

The council had already been approved for $1.8 million in funding for the project, and Reeves said the additional $300,000 will be coming from the state.

“This is an exciting project that has been in the works for quite some time,” Reeves said.

The road must be completed by January 2021, but Reeves said he expects it to be finished sooner than that.

The council also approved to split the purchase of a new fire rescue truck with the county after the fire department’s other truck was totaled in a wreck in September. After insurance and the county’s payment, the city would pay $48,012.

“This is an important piece of equipment,” Reeves said. “It travels all over the county to help people in distress. As you all know, the resources that you provide help people every day and this is one of those. It’s an important expenditure and we need to get it in service.”