County crews repair Raccoon Creek Road
by James Phillips
Feb 06, 2013 | 1928 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Workers from District 1 and District 2 of the Walker County Commission and employees of the Curry Water Authority tackled the tough job of replacing an old rusted-out metal culvert pipe, which ran underneath Raccoon Creek Road in Curry. The old culvert pipe was replaced with two new 48-inch sections of heavy duty plastic which should eliminate flooding problem that occurs every time Walker County gets heavy rainfall. Daily Mountain Eagle - Elane Jones
Workers from District 1 and District 2 of the Walker County Commission and employees of the Curry Water Authority tackled the tough job of replacing an old rusted-out metal culvert pipe, which ran underneath Raccoon Creek Road in Curry. The old culvert pipe was replaced with two new 48-inch sections of heavy duty plastic which should eliminate flooding problem that occurs every time Walker County gets heavy rainfall. Daily Mountain Eagle - Elane Jones
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Walker County crews spent all day Monday repairing a flood-prone road in Curry.

Raccoon Creek Road has been prone to flooding for several years, but a large portion of the roadway washed away due to heavy rains in January.

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said metal piping under the road rusted out and the heavy rainfall caused the road to give way.

“Workers spent today putting a thicker plastic pipe under the road,” Davis said. “These are two good size pipes. We could have gotten by with one pipe, but we felt to fix it correctly that we needed two.”

Davis said more than 10 men worked most of the day on the project. He said employees with District 1 and District 2 were on site as well as employees with the Curry Water Authority.

“I was highly impressed with everybody working together,” Davis said. “We had equipment and men from both districts out here. I appreciate the help from District 2 and from Curry Water.”

Raccoon Creek Road was closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and residents in the area were without water for much of that time.

Davis said the project will cost around $7,500 after it is resurfaced.

“I know it was probably an inconvenience for some residents, but it was something we had to get done,” he said. “This road was a safety issue. We have school buses that go over it. It was a safety concern for the buses as well as for the residents up there.”