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Major road repaving project finished in Jefferson County

This is a newly paved section of Brookville Road just north of the intersection with Grimes Avenue on the west edge of Fairfield. Jefferson County Supervisor Daryn Hamilton said this was a bad patch of road with a depression in it that is now finally gone thanks to the recently completed repaving project. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
This is a newly paved section of Brookville Road just north of the intersection with Grimes Avenue on the west edge of Fairfield. Jefferson County Supervisor Daryn Hamilton said this was a bad patch of road with a depression in it that is now finally gone thanks to the recently completed repaving project. (Andy Hallman/The Union)
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Norris Asphalt has completed work on a major road resurfacing project in Jefferson County.

The project was one of the largest undertaken in the county in the past decade and involved repairs to some of the most used county roads such as Pleasant Plain Road near the town of Pleasant Plain, Germanville Road near the border with Washington County, Brookville Road, Packwood Road and Vetch Boulevard near Lockridge.

Jefferson County Supervisor Chair Daryn Hamilton said Monday the paving project “looks tremendous.”

“They did a really good job,” Hamilton said of Norris Asphalt, “particularly on Brookville Road near Fairfield.”

Hamilton said the portion of the repairs he felt was most noticeable was on Brookville Road near the intersection with Grimes Avenue on the western edge of Fairfield. He said that area had been a problem dating back to the 1980s when he worked for the secondary roads department. He said a part of Brookville Road north of the intersection with Grimes was depressed. The county repaired it as well as it could by filling in the depression, but it hasn’t been comfortable to drive over until now that the road is repaved.

Hamilton said he was pleased that, with the bonding money raised to pay for the roads mentioned, the county was able to afford road repaving in Libertyville and near Pekin school in the northwest part of the county.

“These were repairs that had to be done for years and years,” Hamilton said. “One person who was doing flagging on the project said they had never seen a paved road with a ‘rough road’ sign on it, but that’s how bad those roads were. Those signs were warranted, but now the roads are tremendous and will be in good condition for quite some time.”

The supervisors also discussed a new state law that went into effect on July 1 pertaining to guns in county courthouses. The Jefferson County Courthouse passed a resolution in 2011 that barred guns in the courthouse, except for individuals who applied for a waiver.

The new law allows guns in the courthouse and county-owned buildings and does not require gun owners to receive a waiver. In light of the new law, the supervisors announced they would be taking down the signs that prohibit firearms at the courthouse and county attorney’s office. The new law does not apply to courtrooms, which have their own set of gun policies.