Federal funds approved for repair of Turkey Creek Road

A Knox County road that was closed following a February mud slide will soon be repaired.

Knox Judge-Executive J.M. Hall signed paperwork Monday on a USDA grant to repair a section of Turkey Creek Road that was closed following a Feb. 21 mudslide that forced portions of the roadway dangerously close to the creek.  

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The grant, totaling $115,629.50, will enable work to begin immediately. That work will include slide mitigation and repair of the creek bank, Hall said.

“We’ve now got the money for it, and we should be able to start it this week,” Hall said, adding that the project should be complete within a month.

Once that is complete, the county will re-pave the road, Knox County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Mitchell said.

“It will be in much better shape than it was before,” he added.

Hall said area resident Granville Lee granted a temporary easement to allow traffic to be routed around the closed section of the road, allowing residents to avoid having to come a long way around to get home.

“That has allowed us time to wait on this money,” Hall said.

He noted that the project will likely be finally approved by the USDA on Tuesday.

“We just want to thank the people in that area for being patient,” he said.

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