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Projects could create traffic delays, detours

Lee Kendall,
News Writer

The flooding problem on Oddville Pike, between Church Street and the CSX railroad crossing, will soon be taken care of.
According to State Road Department supervisor Kevin Florence, a collapsed storm sewer has led to the flooding of that area after heavy rains.
“There is a storm sewer underneath the railroad tracks that has collapsed due to years and years of trains running over it,” Florence explained. “There is no where for rainwater to go, so it just stands there.”
He said that the City of Cynthiana, the state and CSX are all working together to rectify the problem.
“Bluegrass Contracting out of Lexington has been contracted to solve the issue and they will get started as soon as some of the paperwork with CSX can get finished,” Florence said. “Some times it is very difficult to work with railroads, but CSX has been very accommodating.”
Florence said that Bluegrass Contracting will use a piece of machinery to bore out the area under the railroad tracks and replace the storm sewer, with very little earth displacement.
He said that work on the project could get started as early as the middle of this week or as late as two weeks down the line, depending on how quickly agreements can be reached with CSX.
Florence said that the state  would pay for most of the cost of the project with the city kicking in some funds as well.
Florence said that a second project will begin soon, as well. That one will include putting down a water line from the waste water treatment plant on KY 36 that runs to the new State Barn on the by-pass.
“We have contracted with Willie McCauley to complete that project,” Florence said. “It will require that KY 36 will be shut down, periodically, from the Pleasant Street bridge to Marshall’s Tractor Supply Store.”
Florence said that the waterline project would get underway as soon as possible.
“It could start in the next few days,” he said.
Florence said that the shut-down of the small stretch of road would be only a minor inconvenience for travelers.
“For those that need to get from town, out through KY 36, they can simply get to the by-pass from Pleasant Street and take the exit onto 36 that comes out just past Marshall’s,” he said. “I don’t think that the small stretch of 36 will be closed everyday, and it may well be a one-lane situation where we use flaggers to allow traffic to pass. We just don’t know yet.”