Road could go years without being fixed

By: Greg Robinson Email
By: Greg Robinson Email

A road in desperate need of repair could go years without being fixed.

The Kentucky Cabinet of Transportation says budget issues and coal traffic is preventing repairs, but people who live and work along the highway say that's no excuse.

While the highway is riddled with potholes and breakages, the cabinet of transportation says it could be years before the road is completely repaired causing frustrations for those who live and work along the highway.

“Well, it’s just about impossible, I mean most people goes to town about once or twice a month and that’s about it because the roads are so bad,” Mary Daniel said.

Heavy coal traffic is to blame for the condition of 1482, but coal companies are required by law to compensate the state for damages to the road. While nearly a quarter of a million dollars has already been paid by the coal companies, officials say it will take much more than that.

“We estimate that even with that infusion of money it would take approximately four years,” Jonathan Dobson said.

For now road crews are using gravel as a temporary fix to patch the holes, but for those who live and work along 1482, they say it’s just not enough.

Officials say even if they were able to completely fix the highway today, despite budget woes, it would inevitably be destroyed again because of the heavy traffic and making for a bumpy ride along 1482 for some time to come.

The transportation cabinet says they will begin re-paving parts of the highway this summer.

They will continue using gravel to fill the pot holes until that time.

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