©2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Paving crews work on putting a new surface on Denton Road in
Cocke County. The 2.1-mile paving project was paid for through bridge funds
recently returned to the county.
|Published: 8:50 AM, 10/15/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Cocke County Road Supt. Kenneth Ford wasted no time in putting some extra funds to use for road repairs in Cocke County.Ford
learned in September his department would be receiving $460,000 in funds for prior bridge work performed by the county. Cocke County Finance Director Anne Bryant-Hurst told the Finance Committee of the Cocke County Legislative Body last month that the most recent of the bridges was completed four years ago and the oldest one is eight years. "We've been trying to get this money for years," said Bryant-Hurst.With
the money in hand, Ford elected to start with paving on Denton Road."We had a lot of trouble keeping it patched," said Ford for selecting Denton Road. "There are a lot roads in the county that need paving but I chose this one first because it serves as an emergency route if something happens on the interstate and it's also used by the rafting companies."Ford said 2.1 miles of the road was paved at a cost of $267,000. He added there will be an additional cost of between $3,000 and $4,000 for striping on the road.All
of the remaining funds will also be used for blacktopping roads, according to Ford.
Subscribe to The Newport Plain Talk by clicking SUBSCRIBE.
Sign up for Breaking News emails from The Newport Plain Talk by clicking EMAIL ALERTS and inputting
your email address next to "Add Me" near the top right corner.