Thursday, July 13, 2000

Repaving shoulders could hit $2M

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKFORT — Based on past experience, it could cost the state an additional $2 million to make the shoulders on Interstate 275 driveable while the highway in Boone County is repaved.

        Larry Trenkamp, branch manager for construction for the Kentucky Highway Department, said the state already spent $900,000 to spread asphalt last fall on a few miles of shoulder so traffic could be rerouted when I-275 was repaved.

        “It was pretty much the luck of the draw,” he said. “The only way to detect (potential problems) is to spend money to do exploratory engineering, and normally you don't spend money on that.”

        When vehicles were driven on the paved shoulders a few weeks ago, the pavement failed. Water had become trapped underneath the road and ground water was seeping through.

        Now, the pavement will have to be replaced. This time, Mr. Trenkamp said, construction workers will dig deeper, lay a fabric material for protection and then put stone on top. Perforated drainage pipes will also be installed.

        “If the $900,000 would have worked, it definitely would have been cheaper,” Mr. Trenkamp said.

        “There will be three to four weeks delay from where we would have been, but we think we can make that time up.”


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