EATON — The Lexington Salem Road project currently under way should be completed by Thanksgiving, according to Preble County Engineer Kyle Cross. During his meeting with commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 1, Cross informed the board that while the end date is slated for Dec. 31, he believes the work will be done prior to it.
Commissioner Rodney Creech asked if the project had been delayed due to weather and Cross explained they were expecting some bad weather within the proposed completion date.
Commissioner Chris Day commented, “Lexington Road in Eaton, the couple feet of widening, has been a big improvement with traffic issues.”
“Some of the property owners were concerned with high rate of speed and we tried to explain to them that the wider roads would be safer, but we will have to get the sheriff involved,” Cross said. “He’s on board with it and he is increasing patrols out there. One of the other things we’re looking at is those signs that look like speed limit signs, but they’re actually radar and they show your speed. We’re looking into getting one of those as a permanent fixture.”
He added, not only does it help people be aware of their speeds, but officials can then pull the data and find out how fast people are driving in the area. The sign will run between $3,500 and $5,000.
“I’m glad you’re working with the sheriff on this, because that is important,” Commissioner Denise Robertson said.
Cross added, there are other ongoing maintenance projects, such as clearing brush.
Day asked if there was salt prepared for the winter and Cross noted they had plenty.
“We had two mild years, so we’re due pretty soon,” Day said.
Cross agreed, “We’re going to get hammered sooner or later. We’re not worried about it yet. All the trucks have been serviced and are ready to go. Next Wednesday we have our Winter Preparedness meeting. We have to start thinking about it.”
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