Growing up in the country, many Clay County residents have pretty much become accustomed to traveling over bumpy, dirt and gravel country roads that don’t receive the regular maintenance they need to stay in tip-top condition.
But that doesn’t mean these travelers like having their vehicles beat up and bruised by roads heavy with dangerous potholes and roads that are very off level.
With road maintenance money the Clay County Board of Supervisors budgets for each year supervisors utilize all the funds they can to keep roads up the best they can for residents in each district, and soon folks living in parts of District 1 and District 5 will be able to travel down freshly-paved, newly-constructed roads.
District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton said Monday during the board’s regular Monday meeting that he intends to take out $500,000 in bonds to improve road conditions to Vinton Road, Barton Ferry Road, White Station Road, Northwood Forest Road, R.C. Road, Bus Blankenship Road and Lower Towncreek Road.
“As soon as the bond procedure is complete and the legalities are worked out we will get started immediately repairing these roads, probably beginning with Vinton Road,” Horton said. “All these roads have been in bad condition for quite some time. We’re not going to be able to repair all the damaged roads in District 1 at this time, but what we’re trying to do is prioritize; getting to the worse roads and the ones we hear the most complaints on. We apologize for the years of damage, and we appreciate the people being patient with us. We’re trying to do our best so they can have decent roads.”
Horton said thankfully the debt in District 1 is paid off, which frees up funds to do other projects, such as more road maintenance.
District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee is also issuing a bond of $400,000 to repair a stretch of Billy White Road, Magnolia Road and Colony Road, which he said is probably one of the worst roads in the county as far as the condition.
“The debt I inherited is paid down where it won’t raise the taxes on the people in my district,” McKee said. “My roads are in bad shape.”
The new bridge being constructed on Colony Road should be complete in the next few months, McKee said, and soon Colony Road will be paved all the way across.
The board approved motions for both District 1 and District 5 to issue out these bonds for the purposes of road repair.