Neighborhood against Graves County road extension
Traffic is only one issue people living on Higgins Road in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, are talking about as the county works on a project to extend the road.
Right now, Higgins Road is less than a mile long off Kentucky 80. Last year the county voted to extend Higgins to Rule Shack Road. So far, Graves County Fiscal Court has put about roughly $14,000 into the work.
Clint Marler’s home on sits a dead end road with a yard for kids to play in.
"Our kids our out here. They’re out here, they exercise, they ride their bikes up and down the road," Marler said.
Right now, Higgins Road is so quiet, you can walk on it. There’s even a "no outlet" sign to keep traffic out, but neighbors worry about what will happen when that changes.
"We just hate to see something like this go into effect without someone coming out and talking to us about what was going on," Marler said.
In June 2015, Judge Executive Jesse Perry says Graves County Fiscal Court approved a plan to extend the road, thinking everyone who would be affected had been notified. That wasn’t the case.
"We miss folks from time to time," Perry said.
Crews have worked on the project off and on for the past year, bringing up another concern for neighbors like Marler, who say it’s a waste of their tax dollars. Perry says the delays were caused by the May tornado and heavy rain.
"We’ve had a lot of things going on, and that’s where my focus has been is trying to take care of roads that need maintenance," Perry said.
Perry says in the future he will improve the way he notifies people about county projects, so homeowners like Marler aren’t blindsided again.
In last week’s fiscal court meeting, Perry asked that the project be put on hold for two weeks, to give the county time to talk to all the people in the area. He says for future projects he may mail out notifications to people affected to make sure everyone is aware.
The county commissioner in charge of that area is Todd Hayden. He says he got approval from all the owners of land the extension runs through and held a public hearing. Hayden says it wasn’t policy to reach out to every homeowner on that road.
Perry says years ago Higgins Road did not come to a dead end, and it never officially closed. The goal of getting it maintained again is to bring progress to the area and give a landlocked property owner access to the main road.