Stacey Road, a small cut-through (approximately 0.3 miles) between Stuart Smotherman and Old Lewisburg Road, was closed in March by RJ Corman Railroad due to the steep grade leading to the rail tracks. Trucks and farm equipment had been having trouble crossing the tracks and Corman felt it created a safety hazard. The problem was found that GPS sometimes sent trucks by way of the cut-through.
When two concrete barriers were placed on the road by Corman cutting off any traffic, many citizens in that area began to complain to the county. After looking into the situation, it was found the road had somehow fallen off the county road system and no one seemed to know when or why.
Judge Executive Logan Chick began an investigation asking BRADD- who maps the roads- where it had fallen off. It seems after digging into the quandary, the road was not included during a massive road hearing held by the state in 1989. It was found to have been put back on in 2002, but off again in 2010.
“We need to do the right thing and put it back on the system,” said County Attorney Joe Ross at the Tuesday, Aug. 13 Logan County Fiscal Court meeting.
At the request of magistrate Barry Joe Wright, the fiscal court voted unanimously Tuesday to hold a road hearing to add Stacey Road back to the county’s system. Wright had gotten some quotes on how much it would cost to repair the road and make it safer for travelers.
“It was a lot less than I thought it would be,” said magistrate Wright. The lowest quote came in at $11,500. The funds will come out of magistrate Wright’s road coffers.
The court and judge also agreed Tuesday to have the road surveyed and placed in the record to keep this confusion from ever happening again.