The Madison Fiscal Court met Friday in a special session to vote in favor of a state agreement that will help the progression of constructing a new entrance that will allow better access to a new middle school.

A $1.68 million appropriation from the state transportation cabinet will pay for the widening of Old Wilderness Trail in Richmond to provide access to B. Michael Caudill Middle School.

The agreement made Friday holds the county accountable for any costs that exceed that amount, but Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark said Friday the money provided should be sufficient to complete the entire project.

The appropriation also will fund installation of lighting and a traffic signal at Old Wilderness Trail’s intersection with the Robert R. Martin Bypass.

“We’re fighting for that right now, but we had to go ahead and get this agreement made before anything else,” Clark said.

The fiscal court soon will be able to advertise the bid for the construction project, Clark said.

Sen. Ed Worley, D-Richmond, who has helped the county in securing the funding, said earlier this year that the widening and repaving of Old Wilderness Trail was needed because, “The access road that connects the Martin Bypass with Red House Road could not adequately serve both the new middle school and the adjacent Glenn Marshall Elementary.”

After official action was taken to enter into the agreement with the state, Magistrate Bill Tudor said many citizens had been asking him for an update on the Barnes Mill Road improvements.

Discussion of the project was not on the agenda for Friday’s special-called meeting.

According to Kentucky law (KRS 61.823), special-called meetings must have written notice and “discussions and action at the meeting shall be limited to items listed on the agenda in the notice.”

The Barnes Mill Road project originally was scheduled to be complete by the end of this month, Clark said.

“It’s important to know that the project has been held up strictly because of the utilities (companies) dragging their feet,” Tudor said.

The phone line and cable system should be complete a week from Monday, Clark said.

The new deadline for the entire project’s completion should be sometime in February or March, he said.

The next regular meeting of the Madison Fiscal Court is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the county courthouse.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.

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