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$91,400 in road aid awarded to Hickman, KY

HICKMAN, KY (KFVS) -

The city of Hickman, in Fulton County, Kentucky, will receive $91,400 in Municipal Road Aid emergency funds, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

KYTC said the money will help with the repair of land slippage along Terrace Drive.

According to Hickman City Manager Johnny McTurner, the land slippage along Terrace Street developed slowly and progressed over about a two year period.

"A 300 foot section of the street was sliding and moving toward a sinkhole," McTurner said. "We had to get a specialized firm to use a soil nailing system to stop the slide and make appropriate repairs. We appreciate this funding assistance from the transportation cabinet."

McTurner said the state funds will cover about one-fourth of the total cost of the stabilization and repair project.

"We received some FEMA funds to help with the cost. this extra money from the Transportation Cabinet's Municipal Aid Program will help reduce the hit to our city budget," McTurner said.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said the agency tries to help cities and counties when weather or other special circumstances create an unusual financial burden for local government.

“These emergency funds are being used to repair roadways and to improve safety and mobility in Hickman,” Hancock noted. “This project is one example of the cabinet's commitment to providing a solid infrastructure in the City of Hickman and all across the commonwealth.”

While there were no houses on the damaged section of Terrace Drive, KYTC said it carried water, gas and sewer lines that served a portion of the city's west end area. When the slide threatened the roadway school bus and garbage pickup they said services had to be detoured, along with other traffic.

KYTC said the city has finished repairs, seeded the right of way and spread straw on the area.

McTurner said the city plans to allow the repaired area to settle through the winter months, and then come back in the spring to apply a new coat of asphalt pavement to the street.

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