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September 18, 2013 | 09:06 AM
Indiana's newest show cave, Indiana Caverns southwest of Corydon, opened in mid-June and more than 10,000 people have visited as of late August. And that's before what is considered the busiest holiday of the year for caves, Labor Day weekend. Each and every one of the visitors had to travel on the small county road leading to the cave, Green Acres Drive.
On Monday evening, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners took steps to begin the process of widening and improving the road, which is a must for the cave, since two cars can only pass on a section of the road if one stops and pulls partially off the road, a dangerous maneuver for the car's safety with uneven ground and trees just off the road in many places.
"The cave property is anxious we move on the improvements," Harrison County engineer Kevin Russel said.
The commissioners approved offers of just more than $2,000 and $66 for two permanent easements along the road after land appraisals were conducted by Larry Harmon.
The board approved the offers unanimously.
In other business from the engineer's office, Russel said rejuvenating fog seal work continues in District 1 and, pending weather, the contractor plans to be on Whiskey Run Road today (Wednesday) near the North Harrison school campus, so motorists should use caution. West Whiskey Run, which is one of the county's most-traveled roads, will be fog sealed for the entire stretch between state roads 135 and 64, he said.
After completing the selected roads in District 1, fog sealing will continue in districts 2 and 3.
Russel said the test roads for the Reclamite rejuvenation product are complete.
"You can tell a nice difference on the treated areas," Russel said. "We will now monitor these roads and compare with other roads sealed with different materials."
Chip-and-seal work is complete on Heth-Washington Road, which also will be fog sealed, Russel said.
The commissioners unanimously agreed to change the Crawford Road-Buffalo Trace Road intersection to a three-way stop instead of the current set up with traffic on Crawford Road having to stop. The board also changed Old Dam 43 Road to the through-road and made Sunset Strip Road the stop road at another intersection.
"It would make the intersection a lot safer," Russel said.
An intersection study will be completed and ready at the commissioners' next meeting for Apple Lane and Lotticks Corner Road.
Russel also reported that the Corydon-New Middletown Road project is now complete, with the exception of a few spots to seed and rocks in a couple of yards.
For more information about engineer and highway department news, Russel said a Facebook page is now up and running under "Harrison County Highway Department".
Also Monday evening, Harrison County Animal Control hired two kennel technicians: Amber L. Brewer and Lorena (Mickey) Basham. Animal control officer Bruce LaHue said the funding for the hires is already in place.
The commissioners' next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 7, at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.