The Laurel County Fiscal Court sought and received about $248,000 in state emergency road funds to repair a troublesome slide on Hazel Patch Road in the northern part of the county.
The road leading to Camp Wildcat Battlefield Monument currently is closed while workers from Hinkle Environmental Services of Winchester drill down to bedrock and install to rows of steel girders to stabilize the slide. They will crib and backfill the area to hopefully create a permanent fix in a soft spot in the road that's been a problem for a couple of years.
"It's been ongoing for two years and we've tried to keep the road open as long as possible," Judge-Executive David Westerfield said. "The dirt underneath was not suitable to hold the road. That's the reason we're putting the pylons in, something to stabilize the road."
Recent heavy rains contributed to the unstable condition of slide, which prompted the court to seek emergency funds to fix it.
"It's a never-ending job to combat water damage to our roads, but that's in every county of the state," said Fourth District Magistrate Jeff Book, who represents the area. "If you get a lot of water like we've had you deal with Mother Nature. She kind of sets the stage and you clean up her mess."
Officials with Hinkle Environmental said the remedial work on Hazel Patch Road should be finished in 10-14 days, weather permitting.
Westerfield and Book said they hope it is reopened as soon as possible so residents don't have to take a four-or five-mile detour.
"There's hundreds of people who come to visit the Wildcat Battlefield," the judge said. "Hazel Patch is the way they are guided in there. I don't think they could be guided in the back way without getting lost. So, it's imperative that we get it fixed for that reason as well."