Weather slowing repairs to Clisby, Railroad streets

Staff Writer

Mother Nature is not fully cooperating with efforts to rebuild Railroad Street just outside West Point’s eastern limits.

Three weeks ago, crews from Hodges Construction took out deteriorated pavement and filled the spots in with fresh gravel, hoping the gravel would have time to “settle” it so the road could be repaved.

But almost constant rains, including a series of heavy rains last week, have slowed the settling process. Potholes began to reform during the weekend on Hodges crews returned Monday to “groom” the work and apply more gravel in places. Sunny weather Monday and possibly today will help, but more rain is forecast for the end of the week.

“A lot of it will depend on how much rain we get. A little sprinkle is okay. but these heavy rains cause a problem,” explained Supervisor Luke Lummus who, along with County Engineer Bob Calvert, are working with Hodges to get the road rebuilt after Hodges’ trucks did serious damage in the fall and early winter hauling heavy loads of dirt to the Peco Foods plant site on West Church Hill Road. Hodges’ hauling permit with the county requires it to repair the road to its condition prior to the hauling and despite damage that exceeded its expectations, the company has “stood by its word.”

“I can’t say enough for them. They’ve come every time we’ve called and done what they said they would do. I wish for everyone out there, Railroad Street and Clisby Road, that we could get some weather and get it finished,” Lummus said.
The trucks were hauling dirt from a pit in Melton Bottom and also damaged Clisby Road.

“Both of them are setting up pretty well, but we need some time for the gravel to settle and dry. We haven’t gotten that combination. We get these heavy rains and it just fills them up and makes the potholes come back,” Lummus explained, noting he called the company Sunday to come out Monday.

“I know people are frustrated about having to deal with it. We want the progress that Peco represents, but the rough road is tough, too,” said Lummus, who has fielded numerous complaints from residents who live on the roads or use them regularly. “I wish we had a magic answer.”

Railroad Street runs along the city's eastern edge just outside the city limits, connecting East Church Hill and Waverly Road. It was built 20 years ago along a gravel road along the old railroad as a way to help get traffic in and out of Old Waverly Golf Center for the 1999 U.S. Women's Open. The Women's U.S. Amateur, one of the world's most prestigious amateur tournaments, is at the course in August.