MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Commissioners was recently notified by Kokosing Construction Co. that they were being honored by Flexible Pavements of Ohio. FPO annually recognizes excellence in asphalt construction by presenting the Quality Asphalt Paving Awards for work performed during the previous calendar year. This award is presented to the contractor who performed the work as well as the owner in recognition of their appreciation for the value and performance of quality asphalt pavement construction.
The project which received this recognition was Phase 1 of the paving of the Heart of Ohio Trail. This consisted of a four-mile stretch from Bishop Road to Graham Road which included the installation of drainage, grading and the placement of three inches of asphalt.
Working with the county commissioners on this project was Kim Marshall, director of the Knox County Park District, who thanked the commissioners for their support with this project and their assistance with local matching money. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant was acquired which helped fund the project. Marshall also explained that they were able to bring their final costs down much lower than what engineers had estimated. “We were able to stretch our money for this project from two miles to four miles,” said Marshall. “It was a good team effort between the park district and the commissioners office.”