County Road 55 getting improvements

Winston County Commissioner David Cummings left, shows State Representative Tim Wadsworth the need to have CR 55 become a Major Collector Road

ASHRIDGE - A deteriorating road  due to inadequate drainage causing erosion, is getting a much needed makeover.

County Road 55 has been a project for the Winston County Commission since Cummings took office seven years ago, he said.

At that time, the commission did not have the funding to provide treatment on the deteriorating road, Cummings said.

"The base has been deteriorating and we've patched it and patched it," pointed out Winston County Commissioner David Cummings. "This has been a very bad road. We're doing what we can to fix the drainage, to save what part of the road we can."

 The commission is currently applying county funds to the tune of about $50,000 to $60,00o  to improve  in sections for about 1.2 miles of the road, Cummings said.

"We will be prepared in May to repave these bad sections," Cummings said, noting work is already underway toward these efforts.

Cummings noted these funds have been put back for several years in anticipation of the CR 55 project.

"We have several sections that are real bad sections that's 1.2 miles long, and we're doing the bad sections," Cummings said. "We're completely plowing them up and we're going to repave those bad sections the first of May."

The commission is also looking toward their representatives  and senators in attempts of getting CR 55 converted to a Major Collector Road, officials said. This would mean the road would qualify for external sources of funding, such as federal funding,  which would result in  resurfacing of the entire road, according to Cummings.

Cummings invited State Representative Tim Wadsworth out to see the deteriorating conditions of CR 55 in order to see why a complete restoration project is so desperately needed.

Representative Wadsworth said certain procedures have to be followed in order to bring the road up the Major Collector standards before external sources of funding can be received.

"The good thing about it is, once they get this part done, then they can do an engineering study to find out how much money is needed," Wadsworth said.

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