The Boone County Council Tuesday, June 11, approved roughly $1.3 million for the summer road program to repair nearly 30 miles of county roads.
Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney requested more than $1.5 million to repair those 29.7 miles of roads, so he said every road on the list may not be able to be repaired with the approved funds.
“This year has been challenging,” Carney said. “These are the roads that have been abused and neglected for years.”
The highway department has to pick and choose which roads to do this year because it cannot fix everything it would like to all in one year, Carney said. So he decided on specific roads this year, holding off on ones that can wait another year.
The funds approved for the road program are $500,000 out of the food and beverage fund, $104,000 out of the river boat fund, and $700,000 out of the economic development fund.
Though the approved money is less than what Carney requested, he may be getting a little extra this year from the state, which would allow him the requested $1.5 million. The estimated payment from the state for the second half of 2013 is about $250,000 more than what the county received for the second half of 2012. But, Carney stressed, those numbers are not definite.
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