By Greg Bird
McCreary County Judge Executive Jimmie “Bevo” Greene announced last week that the County has been granted funding through the County Road Aid emergency fund to make repairs on Wolf Creek Road.
The road was damaged by a slide in early January after heavy rains deluged the area. According to Kentucky Mesonet data more than an inch of rain fell over a 2-day period that weekend leading to damage on more than a 110-foot section of the road.
Repair work is expected to begin shortly as all power lines impacting the work site have been relocated. The first item needed to be done is drilling in to the hillsides around the roadway to plant steel anchors, which will shore up the terrain and make the road bed more stable in the future.
Most counties in Kentucky contribute three-percent of their annual road fund to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Rural and Municipal Road Aid Program to form an emergency fund for road-work.
The County is required to provide a 20-percent match (about $12,000) to qualify for the grant, but that local match can come in the form of equipment and labor.