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Campbellsville Road site purchased for new state maintenance barn

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Howells sell land to state

By Linda Ireland

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has selected a spot for a new highway maintenance barn in LaRue County.

Mark Brown, public affairs officer for KYTC, confirmed a site on Ky. 210 (Campbellsville Road) has been purchased.

The tract was transferred from Carl Howell Jr. and Sharon A. Howell to the Transportation Cabinet in June. County Clerk records show $75,000 was given for the land near the LaRue County Fairgrounds.

Details for the new barn are not complete, Brown said. It will provide a “more efficient” place to store equipment, materials and salt.

 “Hopefully, it will serve for many years to come,” Brown said.

Six property owners submitted proposals to sell land to the State in response to an August 2009 advertisement in The LaRue County Herald News. At that time, Fourth District Chief Engineer Patty Dunaway said repairs and maintenance of the current storage barn were becoming cost-prohibitive. The barn, located at 2434 Lincoln Farm Road, was built in the 1960s and is one of the older ones in the state.

In time, the old barn will be declared surplus, advertised and auctioned, Dunaway said.