Residents of Dee Woods Road south of Ashland will soon see the end of a yearlong effort to improve the road.
The Boone County Commission on Tuesday awarded a bid to C.L. Richardson Construction Co. of Ashland to finish final landscaping along the sides of the road. The company will complete the project this fall, said Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller.
Though it was once a narrow, partly gravel road lined with trees, Dee Woods Road is now wider and entirely paved from its intersection with Henry Clay Boulevard to its dead end less than a mile to the west.
Landscape work along the road will focus on reseeding grass and regrading steep ditches.”This is the final finishing process to get the grass stabilized,” Miller said. The company will also lay down an erosion blanket to hold the grass in place, she added.
The original contractor, J.C. Industries, completed landscaping in the spring, but heavy rains eroded ditches and washed away all of the seed, Miller said.
Miller estimated the cost of the landscaping at about $55,000. That would bring the total bill for the road project to about $500,000.
Dee Woods Road resident Jerry Bowman said the landscaping is badly needed.
“The biggest problem is not the road itself but the deep ditches alongside it,” he said. “There’s nothing but weeds and other nasty stuff there.”