Drivers and neighbors concerned about flooded roads in need of repairs

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The rain is still hitting the ground in our region Monday, causing traffic delays and forcing crews to close some roads. Neighbors say some rural roads flood every time heavy rain moves through. Some neighbors wonder why something hasn’t been done yet to keep prevent it.

Dangerous streams of water flowing over the roadways caused a headache for many drivers in throughout McCracken County on Monday.

“It’s a road I take a lot, because I live probably 2 miles from here, so when Bonds Road is flooded, I have to take the longer way around,” Amber Lain says.

Drivers passing through weren’t the only ones. Brandon Risden lives on Bonds Road. He says flooding got so bad last year, his family had to evacuate.

“We all went to bed, and about 6:30 the next morning the dogs were barking. And we looked out of the front door, and everything was under water. It was up to the bottom of our campers and everything out here,” Risden says.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says repairing flooded rural roads and preventing closures during heavy rains would cost h$500,000 to $1 million per road. He says the issue comes down to cost versus utilization.

“We have to weigh that cost versus how many people are being inconvenienced by the closure. We’re actually starting into our process to determine what projects will be in the next road plan,” Todd says.

While there’s no telling if Bonds Road and others like it will be included in the next road plan, people who live in the area hope something is done sooner rather than later.

Todd says road projects are determined by county fiscal courts. Those are then passed on through multiple agencies for engineer input, including the transportation cabinet. Todd says lawmakers will review the projects and decide which ones will be included in the state’s new road plan in the 2020 spring session.

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